Microsoft listening to user input for Windows Phone 7.8 update

News Paul Briden 11:06, 10 Sep 2012

Microsoft is taking user feedback for new features in the 7.8 Windows Phone update

Microsoft is taking user feedback for the Windows Phone 7.8 update, suggesting it won’t be launched until after the official release of Windows Phone 8 on October 26.

The company started a conversation with users at the Microsoft User Voice website, with a Microsoft Admin saying:

‘As you know, Windows Phone 8 is a generational shift in technology, which means that it will not run on existing hardware.

‘BUT we care deeply about our existing customers and would like to know SPECIFICALLY what features you would like to see on 7.8 and vote INDIVIDUALLY for the one that you want most (vs. one large grab bag of features).’

While it’s commendable that Microsoft wishes to give the public what it wants, the revelation does indicate Windows Phone 7.8 is still in a relatively early stage of development. If it was closer to release, this wouldn’t be the time to be taking feedback on new ideas and adding them in.

All this means we likely won’t see Windows Phone 7.8 rolling out to existing Windows Phone 7 handsets before October 26, the official launch date of Windows Phone 8.

In fact, we could be waiting for a little while after and there’s a chance we’ll be into 2013 before it surfaces, meaning if you’re a Windows Phone 7 user you may be a bit green with envy of Windows Phone 8 device owners for a little longer than was previously anticipated.

On the plus side, you get to have your say and, more importantly, it means the 7.8 update changes will be more than just cosmetic. To date, Microsoft has only detailed that version 7.8 would feature the interface changes of Windows Phone 8, such as Live Tile size and colour adjustment.

Now we’re hearing for the first time that there will be other Windows Phone 8 features added into the 7.8 update based on public feedback.

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