Windows Phone 7.8 SDK released to developers, nothing more than a tile change

Daniel Bader

January 23, 2013 12:38pm

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Windows Phone 7.8 is almost upon us, as was speculated yesterday. Set to be released on January 31st, the Windows Phone 7.8 update should eventually become available to all devices upgraded to Windows Phone 7.5, but it will be up to the manufacturer and carrier to make the final decision.

Microsoft has now updated the Windows Phone SDK to allow developers to build apps that support the updated home screen, with three live tile sizes, in Windows Phone 7.8. At this point it doesn’t look like there are any other changes available to developers — no improved APIs or hooks to improve existing apps — but the ability to show more information on an expansive live tile is a fairly significant upgrade on its own.

Microsoft also points out that new devices, such as the Nokia Lumia 510, are already shipping with Windows Phone 7.8 pre-installed, so existing Mango users need only be patient for a few more weeks. We’ve reached out to various carriers to see whether they will support the WP7.8 on their existing devices and will update you as soon as we know.

Source: Microsoft
Via: WPCentral

  • Anonymous

    inb4isthisbb10

  • Morgan Freeman Lookalike

    blue screens and viruses? no thanks, pass.

  • Punch Shyamathanalingham

    that cyan lumia 800 is a sexy phone my goodness gracious

  • Rich

    I honestly just can’t believe they ditched WP7 so easily.

  • HiKsFiles

    I am by no mean a RIM/BlackBerry fan, but I really hope they are going to kick Micro$oft’s butt so hard with BB10 that it is going to kill WP7/8. Such a useless mobile OS…

    • fjackie

      Great I am really eager to see how RIM is going to support BB7 users with BB 10 upgrades…. Oh wait they aren’t.

    • Darth Paton

      HiksFiles: Care to expand on your comment or are you going to be a total Jackass?

    • Gino

      What is it about Windows Phone OS that makes it ‘useless’ exactly? Please enlighten us.

    • hoo dat

      And I’m waiting to see how Microsoft is going to support WP7, WP7.5, & WP7.8 users with WP8.

      Oh wait, they aren’t!

      BB10 is an all new, from the ground up OS requiring unique technical specifications from the hardware. What’s Microsoft’s excuse?

  • hoo dat

    My last comment was in response to fjackie.