Where the heck is Windows Phone 7.8? We’ve heard Microsoft’s division in China talking about its expectations for the update’s release, and just got a look at a Nokia 510 running the platform, but by-and-large Microsoft’s been exceptionally quiet when it comes to discussing its plans for WP7.8’s arrival. All the secrecy finally got the best of Paul Thurrott, who over the weekend posted a scathing criticism of the manner in which Microsoft has been treating its user base. While that still wasn’t enough to squeeze any official word of when the update would arrive out of Microsoft, it did prompt a spokesperson to confirm that the company hopes to make its Windows Phone 7.8 intentions clear sometime quite soon.
The spokesperson informed TechCrunch, “we have made no further announcement on this but hope to share more details in the near future.”
We know, that’s not at all the sort of statement that very patient Windows Phone 7.5 users have been waiting for, but think of the alternatives. Microsoft could have simply reversed course on the WP7.8 update altogether, making it an exclusive for all-new low-end hardware like the Lumia 510. From the sound of things, the update should still be on, but the full scope of its release remains unclear; we just heard that the Optimus 7 might be passed by, for instance.
We’re hoping Microsoft meant what it said about the “near future”, because we’d rather not get into 2013 without knowing WP7.8’s fate. Some rumors have it arriving as soon as this week; we’d love that to be true, but we’ll believe it when we see it.