Microsoft has been quiet about its Windows Phone 7.8 update since its original announcement, but a recent post on the Windows Phone Blog has provided some insight on the stopgap upgrade for last-gen Windows Phone users.
As the company explained when Windows Phone 7.8 was first revealed, the update is meant to provide as many of the same features as Windows Phone 8 as the previous generation hardware will allow. Perhaps most significantly, this includes the updated home screen with its additional tile size, as well as the addition of 10 new color themes, allowing users to further customize their phone’s appearance and layout. Other improvements include the option to display the Bing Picture of the Day on the lock screen, as well as the “A1B2C3″ PIN/password challenge, which is intended to prevent accidental device wipes on Exchange-connected phones.
With Windows Phone 7.8 also comes access to some of the coveted apps that have been missing from the platform for so long, including Words With Friends and Draw Something, with more on the way like Angry Birds Space and Angry Birds Star Wars.
Terry Myerson, the corporate vice president of Windows Phone and the author of the blog post, remained unspecific about the launch date of the update, saying only that, “we want you to know that 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.”
Source: Windows Phone Blog