Surely all current Windows Phone 7.x customers were promised an upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8 in order to guarantee a standardized experience with Windows Phone 8. The problem is that as with all things Microsoft, dates are never included. According to Nokia’s training manuals for China, the wait for 7.8 shouldn’t be far off. It’s scheduled for some time in early 2013, though early can go as far as six months if you ask certain companies.
The good news are mostly in the features though. It seems that Microsoft is planning on making Windows Phone 7.8 just as feature packed as Windows Phone 8, with the exception of the obvious features that won’t work without hardware, like in the case of NFC. As we already knew, you’ll get the same Windows Phone 8 lock screen, IE9 security enhancements and other goodies. The cool update is that you will get the various lock screen options you find in WP8, like in the case of the sliding Bing wallpapers, and also the option to create ringtones from MP3 files. You’ll also get the same 20 themes you find in WP8, among other details.
As always, we wish we could provide you with specific dates, but by now you already know the drill. Early 2013 it is.