Late last month we got word from a carrier that Microsoft had slammed the brakes on the continued distribution of Windows Phone 7.8 updates. That made enough sense, since we had heard about a number of issues with the update, but the whole thing was a little weird, with no official comment on the situation from Microsoft nor any sort of ETA for when distribution might resume. We’re still waiting to hear something from Microsoft proper, but today we get an update from at least a little closer to the horse’s mouth, upon Nokia’s Russian branch tweeting about the situation.
In response to a question from a user about the Lumia 800, Nokia Russia responded (machine translated), “Microsoft decided to temporarily suspend distribution updates WP7.8 for finalization.”
Granted, that doesn’t help with a specific reason for stopping the update (our money’s on the live tiles issues) but we’d assume Nokia might have a little more insight into the situation than a carrier. Then again, Nokia Russia’s been a little wonky lately, so who knows?