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Windows Phone 7.8 - due within 24 hours? Windows Phone 7.8 - due within 24 hours?

Although Microsoft has launched its Windows Phone 8 update with great fanfare, those with now older Windows Phone 7 and 7.5 models will, if the rumourmongers are right, get their long awaited 7.8 update within the next 24 hours.

If you’re a Windows Phone 7.x user, not only have you had an update to Windows Phone 7.5, but you’ve been denied an upgrade to Windows Phone 8.

However, lest you think that Microsoft has abandoned thee, there’s good news that you’ve likely already heard – that a Windows Phone 7.8 update is on the way.

The biggest question since then was not only what additional features 7.8 users would get, beyond the new re-sizeable tiles seen in Windows Phone 8, but when Windows Phone 7.8 would actually appear for end-users to download to their phones.

It’s probably the last major update Windows Phone 7.x users will get, beyond whatever other security patches and updates Microsoft decides to release.

So, you might be wondering, how is it possible that we suddenly have some visibility on what was the previously almost invisible Windows Phone 7.8 launch deadline?

Well, the news comes from the WMPowerUser site, a site that probably never thought Microsoft would change its name from “Windows Mobile” to “Windows Phone”.

An anonymous tipster told WMPowerUser that we could expect Windows Phone 7.8 to arrive on Wednesday the 28th of November, the date that Aussies are reading this article on (if you’re reading today!) and a date that is still “tomorrow” in the US – the timescale the release would most likely happen on.

WMPowerUser tells us there’ll be a “new start screen, new accent colours, Bing lock screen wallpaper” and special features for Nokia models – “SMS drafts and the ability to keep WIFI active when the device is suspended”, along with the rumoured ability to “send files via Bluetooth File Transfer.

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

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One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks, including stints as presenter of Ch 10’s Internet Bright Ideas, Ch 7’s Room for Improvement and tech expert on Ch 9’s Today Show, among many other news and current affairs programs.

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