While much of the news in the Microsoft mobile world has been focused on the release of Windows 8 devices, those of you with Windows Phone 7 handsets shouldn't be left behind. To that end, Microsoft has revealed a host of updates coming to the phone with the future release of Windows Phone 7.8.
The biggest new feature is that Windows 7.5 users who upgrade to 7.8 will now get to experience the same start screen used by Windows 8 users.
The tile sizes are now customizable, so you can better adapt your start screen to your personal preferences.
In addition to that change, the number of included themes and accent colors will be raised from 10 to 20, further allowing you to customize your phone's appearance. New lock screen features, such as the ability to display the Bing Picture of the Day and a "A1B2C3’ PIN/password challenge to prevent accidental device wipes on phones connected to Exchange accounts" will also arrive with the update.
Finally, along with this update, Microsoft is increasing the number of markets in which the Windows Phone will be available. It is already available in 95 countries, but MS promises the number will continue to grow. More Windows Phones on the market means, hopefully, a bigger market share and more growth of the WP Marketplace. This means that popular apps like Draw Something
and Words With Friends
would likely come to the WP Marketplace much sooner than they are now.
The Windows Phone 7.8 Update is expected to arrive in January.