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Microsoft announces Windows Phone 7.8 coming ‘early 2013’

Microsoft has announced that its update to Windows Phone 7 (Windows Phone 7.8) will be coming “in early 2013”. The update is for smartphone that will never be updated to Windows Phone 8. These include the Nokia Lumia 800 and 900.

In a blog post, the software giant made the announcement.

Entitled “An update on Windows Phone 7.8”, it says, “We know you’re eager to get the Windows Phone 7.8 update, and we want you to know that we’re working closely with our hardware and carrier partners to get it tested, approved, and rolled out to as many devices as possible in early 2013. As we work to quickly get this in the hands of our loyal users, we’re also striving to deliver a high-quality release and ensure a smooth transition for our widely expanded services.”

It seems a number of Windows Phone users were not happy with the news.

One says, “Nice, but I’m Lumia 800 user and I don’t feel good with this update, specially for the limitation in multiprocess. The real multiprocess in a mobile device will be like Symbian^3 or others device do. Applications running process in background!

“I feel like I wasted my money, sadly not recommend to my friends to buy Windows Phone now, one year with my Lumia and now will be abandoned. It is illusory to think that developers will make apps for WP7 when WP8 is the most updated.

“Sad slap for users, I have a very nice terminal but in a couple of months will not have the applications I want because everything will be just for WP8.”

Another says in a comment, “disappointed.  extremely disappointed.  beyond extremely disappointed. the first WP78 announcement was in June of 2012.  5 months later, we still don’t have it.  why you guys bother making announcements and then making us wait 6+ months to get it ???”

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