An internal AT&T document to employees pretty much states with confidence that the Windows Phone 7.8 update will release after Windows Phone 8 device become available. The internal document was sent to AT&T employees as a read-all know-all in regards to the recent 2012 Windows Phone Developer Summit.
Windows Phone 8 devices are set to begin releasing this fall 2012, so that sets a pretty far off window for the 7.8 update to release. However, it could be less of a big deal than we are all initially taking this in as. The post-Windows Phone 8 release of the 7.8 update could mean weeks, months, or just a couple of days/hours later (hopefully the latter).
You can find the full internal document below for your reading.
Document title – What did Microsoft announce at the Windows Phone Summit on June 20
What did Microsoft announce at the Windows Phone Summit on June 20, 2012?
Microsoft gave a platform preview for Windows Phone 8 highlighting the core OS elements shared with Windows 8. They have yet to reveal the full set of Windows Phone 8 features.
What is Windows Phone 8?
Windows Phone 8 aligns Windows Phones with Windows 8 via shared core technology. It also brings new hardware capabilities like multi-core chips, new screen resolutions, SD card support, and NFC.
Windows Phone 8 additionally delivers new features including a new start screen, IE 10, and Wallet, as well as support for native development, and enterprise capabilities such as device encryption and management.
When does Windows Phone 8 launch?
Microsoft announced that Window Phone 8 devices is going to be available later this year. AT&T has not announced devices or timing at this time.
Can I upgrade my Windows Phone 7.5 device to Windows Phone 8?
Windows Phone 8 is a generational shift in technology and thus it requires new hardware, so current Windows Phone devices will not be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 8. However, Microsoft will release an update called Windows Phone 7.8 that includes the new Windows Phone 8 Start screen.
What is Windows Phone 7.8?
Windows Phone 7.8 is the next version of Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS for Windows Phone 7.x smartphones.
Windows Phone 7.8 includes the signature feature of the Windows Phone 8 release: a re-imagined start screen which lets customers personalize their phone by changing the size of each live tile to bring what is most important to them closer.
When will Windows Phone 7.8 be available?
Windows Phone 7.8 will be made available sometime after the Windows Phone 8 is released.
What else did Microsoft announce for existing customers?
Microsoft announced that there are now over 100k apps available in the Windows Phone Marketplace. The app catalog continues to grow quickly, with new well-known apps added constantly such as Audible. Microsoft also announced that Chase, PayPal and Zynga’s hit games Draw Something and Words with Friends are also coming soon.
In addition, Nokia announced that Lumia devices are getting new functionalities such as a counter to track voice and data usage, a new contact sharing feature and camera extras. Camera extras include a self-timer, panorama mode, action shot, and smart group shot. The smart group shot takes several pictures and creates a composite photo using the best features of each individual shot.
Where can I get more information for existing Windows Phone 7.5 customers?
In the next week, Microsoft will have more information on www.windowsphone.comthat summarizes all of the new innovation coming to Windows Phone 7.5 users.