Microsoft Says Windows Phone 7.8 Due Early 2013
Microsoft today announced some new details regarding Windows Phone 7.8, which is a in-between step bridging Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8. According to Microsoft, it is still testing the platform update with its hardware and carrier partners. The new software will be distributed on lower-cost devices in emerging markets as well as rolled out to existing WP7.5 devices. Microsoft doesn't expect it to reach existing devices until early in 2013. In addition to the new Start screen behavior and adjustable Live Tiles, which were features disclosed by Microsoft earlier this year, Windows Phone 7.8 also doubles the number of themes and accent colors, adds more flexibility to the lock screen wallpaper, and increases the the number of passwords that can be used to unlock the device. Microsoft also said that Windows Phone 7.8 will help it extend the XBox ecosystem to more countries. Microsoft expects to share more details about Windows Phone 7.8 closer to its availability.