Ever since Microsoft first made Windows Phone 7.8 official, we’ve anxiously been awaiting the day it would start filling us in on some of the details, not the least of which being when we could finally hope to see the update start arriving for existing handsets. Recently, we’ve heard some WP7.8 talk out of Microsoft China, and learned of some less-than-useful statements from an MS spokesperson, but have still been looking forward to a nice, official, firm statement about the update’s arrival. Well, that day is finally here (or as close as we’re going to get to it), and a new Microsoft blog post gives us a pretty good idea of when we can expect to start seeing WP7.8 head out.
Microsoft talks a little about the new lower-end handsets that are arriving this fall, already running Windows Phone 7.8 out of the box. That’s well and good, but what about WP7.8 updates? In today’s post, Microsoft writes, “we’re working closely with our hardware and carrier partners to get it tested, approved, and rolled out to as many devices as possible in early 2013.”
That sounds pretty much like confirmation that we won’t see any WP7.8 updates arrive for existing hardware before the end of the year. That’s disappointing, if it’s indeed the message Microsoft is going for here.
We’re also curious about that note regarding “as many devices as possible”. We’ve already heard that the Optimus 7 may not make the cut, but just how many other phones will similarly be left by the wayside?