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Microsoft has been basking in the glow of its recent Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 releases, but they haven't been able to hide the frustration of former Windows Phone 7 users still waiting for an update of their own.
TechCrunch is reporting that Windows Phone 7 users continue to be empty handed more than three weeks after the first Windows Phone 8 devices hit stores.
As you may recall, the introduction of Windows Phone 8 back in June was met with some degree of scorn from owners of older hardware such as the Nokia Lumia 900, a handset released a mere two months earlier which, like all other Windows Phone 7 devices, would be incapable of upgrading to the shiny new version finally released this month.
With the spotlight moving off Windows Phone 8, the attention appears to be returning to the missing in action Windows Phone 7.8 update, which Microsoft promised back in June as a way to placate early adopters of its smartphone platform. So just when might it be coming 'round the mountain?
“We have made no further announcement on this but hope to share more details in the near future,” a Microsoft spokesman told TechCrunch.
And by "near future," they could mean as early as this Wednesday, which is when the Tonis Tech Blog claims Windows Phone 7.8 might land, after being shown off on the Nokia Lumia 510, a low-end handset aimed at the Chinese market.
Little is actually known about the Windows Phone 7.8 update, which promises to bring the ability to resize tiles found in the latest version and has been rumored to also introduce Bluetooth file transfers and maybe even access to the Xbox music store.
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