Microsoft say Windows Phone 7.8 will be rolled out to as many devices as possible next year and bear similarities to WP8
Microsoft has confirmed it will release an update to its Windows Phone 7 platform in early 2013.
Windows Phone 7.8 will be deployed to all WP7.5 devices, and to new models typically to be sold at lower price points.
A blog post from Microsoft says WP7.8 will have many similarities with WP8, notably the live tiles which make up the new start screen. Users of WP7.5 are unable to update straight to WP8.
The update “also expands the number of markets where customers can buy apps and use the Xbox service,” Microsoft says, adding that testing of this rollout is ongoing.
Windows Phone corporate vice president Terry Myerson said: “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.”