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Microsoft has confirmed that it will be rolling out the Windows Phone 7.8 update early in 2013. Owners of the Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia Lumia 710 and Nokia Lumia 610 will need to wait until then to get their hands on a host of new features and a faster user experience.

Microsoft has updated its official blog to confirm that work on the Windows Phone 7.8 update is coming together and is expected to start rolling out early in 2013. At this stage there is no more detailed information as to when it will appear.

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However, Microsoft has highlighted a number of new features that are already a part of Windows Phone 8 that will be making an appearance on Windows Phone 7.8.

We already knew the update would be following the styling of Windows Phone 8 to offer a Start screen that spans the full width of the display. It’s also now been confirmed users will be able to resize Live Tiles. You’ll also be able to choose from 20 accent colours, as we already can with Windows Phone 8.

There are also new Lock screen features that Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia Lumia 710 and Nokia Lumia 610 users can look forward to, such as choosing different wallpapers, such as Bing ‘picture of the day’ and improved password security.

The blog post also mentions that Windows Phone 7.8 will be faster and more responsive, effectively giving your Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia Lumia 710 and Nokia Lumia 610 a new lease of life.

While we were hoping to see the Windows Phone 7.8 update appear in 2012, it seems the wait is almost over and should bring with it a host of enhanced features.

If you curious as to what Windows Phone 7.8 will bring to your Nokia Lumia, check out Windows Phone 7.8 versus Windows Phone 8: What can we expect?

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As the Windows Phone 7.8 release is edging closer, leaks are starting to intensify. Beta builds, Windows Phone 7.8-running Nokia Lumia 510 and promotional materials for the latter – there are plenty sources to feed us with spicy rumors.

The Lumia 510 brochure is the most interesting piece, though it’s in Finnish. It does say the Lumia 510 will have a new Start screen with more available color themes, though. It also confirms the Windows Phone 7.8 won’t be the last firmware update you’ll get, probably to reassure the people who intend to buy the phone that it’s getting long-term support.

  
Windows Phone 7.8 leaks from various places

The guys over at Winp.ch managed to get their hands on a Windows Phone 7.8-running Lumia 510 and confirmed a few details as well. In addition to the resizable Live Tiles, re-designed system apps (Office, Xbox Games, Store, etc.), 10 new theme colors, we’ll also get a new boot screen matching Windows Phone 8 style and Live Lock Screen Wallpaper, which was previously introduced within Windows Phone 8. There is no info if that one will work with third-party apps though.

In case you are interested the build number of Windows Phone 7.8 is 7.10.8858.136. As the rumor has it, the update is already released to the manufacturers and it shouldn’t be long before it starts seeding to the end users.

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Windows 8 was released a little under a month ago, but already many developers are adding applications to the Windows store. According to Win App Update, over 20,000 apps have been added to the Windows store.

Exact numbers cannot be ascertained, as the numbers are different where you live and they are going up every couple of minutes. Weirdly, the highest amount seems to be in Canada, with around 14,000 apps compatible there, while the US has 13,000 and the UK has 11,000.

Windows 8 store Windows store surpassed 20,000 app mark

Around 90% of all these apps are free, with Win App Update saying there are 18,000 free apps on the Windows Store. This is good, but shows that Windows Store may still need to be matured and monetized for developers that want to make money.

Looking at the numbers, developers are adding between 500 – 350 apps per day to the Windows Store, a decent amount considering how new the operating system is. In addition, we have seen recently that the conversion from other Windows platforms to Windows 8 has been slower than Windows 7, which may have put off some developers.

At the rate we are seeing, the Windows Store may be up to 35,000 apps by the end of the year, possibly more with the holiday season plunge. Developers may be waiting to grab the buyers once they are settled in to their new OS and start to use the store more frequently.

Looking at Christmas lists, while Windows 8 tablets and laptops are not hitting the top of the lists, they are certainly there. If hundreds of thousands of laptops and tablets are sold with Windows 8 on, then developers may be swayed to add their content to that store.

The Windows Store, while packed, does not have tons of quality – we are seeing measly apps that would not even get past the Apple review process hitting the top of the leaderboards, simply because of the inflation. Hopefully, Microsoft will be working on harder reviewing to make their apps.