News

Windows Phone 7.8 Updates Have Begun

Users of older Windows Phone 7.5-era devices are starting to see the promised Windows Phone 7.8 update, which began rolling out this week.

Microsoft's Windows Phone team Tweeted on Wednesday that "the Windows Phone 7.8 update begins its rollout today." Still, Microsoft has not released any information regarding when the update will hit specific device models. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley noted that some users of HTC, Samsung and LG devices outside the United States have reported receiving the update.

Separately, Nokia, Microsoft's most committed smartphone OEM partner, gave a few more details.

"[F]ollowing extensive software testing, update notifications will begin to appear for Nokia Lumia 510, 610, 710, 800 and 900 owners with an unlocked phone or operator approved software during February," the device maker indicated in a blog post. The company also posted a video giving an overview of new features and instructions for accessing the update.


Windows Phone 7.8 uses the same update process as Windows Phone 7.5, according to a Microsoft spokesperson. Users will receive a notification on their phone when the update is available. They can install the update by connecting their phone to the Zune software on their computer.

Nokia pointed out that the timing for the update's arrival is "carrier dependent," and advised users to contact their carrier directly if they do not receive notification of the update within three weeks.

Windows Phone 7.8 is aimed at users of older Windows Phone devices, which cannot be upgraded to Windows Phone 8 due to the new flagship platform's higher hardware requirements. Among other features, Windows Phone 8, which launched in the fall of 2012, supports near-field communication (NFC) and multicore processing, which Microsoft says are incompatible with older Windows Phone devices.

However, one of Windows Phone 7.8's most-touted features is the new customizable Start screen, which it does share with Windows Phone 8. Users can now resize and move the tiles on their home screen and access more colors and themes. Other features include Bing wallpapers, expanded language and font support, and a new lock screen for users with Exchange accounts.

About the Author

Gladys Rama is the senior site producer for Redmondmag.com, RCPmag.com and MCPmag.com.

Featured

  • Windows Admin Center vs. Hyper-V Manager: What's Better for Managing VMs?

    Microsoft's preferred interface for Windows Server is Windows Admin Center, but can it really replace Hyper-V Manager for managing virtual machines? Brien compares the two management tools.

  • Microsoft Offers More Help on Windows Server 2008 Upgrades

    Microsoft this week published additional help resources for organizations stuck on Windows Server 2008, which fell out of support on Jan. 14.

  • Microsoft Ups Its Carbon Reduction Goals

    Microsoft on Thursday announced a corporatewide carbon reduction effort that aims to make the company "carbon negative" by 2030.

  • How To Dynamically Lock Down an Unattended Windows 10 PC

    One of the biggest security risks in any organization happens when a user walks away from their PC without logging out. Microsoft has the solution (and it's not a password-protected screensaver).

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.