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Nov 19, 2012

Nokia Document Hints at New Windows Phone OS After WP 7.8 but Before WP 8

There have been many rumors suggesting Microsoft plans to launch the next version of Windows Phone 7.8 in the next few months, but we have yet to receive any official details on the upcoming release.

Well, it looks like Nokia plans at least one more major Windows Phone 7.x update before Windows Phone 8. According to a Nokia document, leaked via German site WParea, there will be one more update after Windows Phone 7.8. For the time being, the mysterious one is dubbed Windows Phone 7.x, but it will probably receive an official name close to release. Obviously, it’s too early for any detail on what the rumored update could bring to Windows Phone 7.8 devices for the moment. However, if rumors prove accurate, we expect more info on this Windows Phone 7.x to emerge in the following months, so stay tuned for more updates on the matter.

In the same piece of news, Windows Phone Live Russia claims Microsoft and Nokia will likely support Windows Phone 7.8 for at least 18 months since its release. Although the major update for Windows Phone 7.5 Mango devices has yet to be released, we expect smartphones powered by this platform to be supported for at least one more year. The information tweeted by Windows Phone Live Russia needs to be taken with a grain of salt, as no official confirmation has been issued from Nokia and Microsoft. Both leaks seem to suggest that Microsoft does not have any intentions to abandon older OS users, quite the opposite.

The reportedly upcoming Windows Phone 7.x indicates that Microsoft plans to add more features to old Windows Phone devices, which won’t be available in the next Windows Phone 7.8 update. We expect Windows Phone 7.8 update to go live in late December or early 2013, but we’re still waiting for more info on these possible release dates.

Nokia leaked document
Image credits to WParea


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