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Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade to 'roll out this month'

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Microsoft will reportedly roll out its Windows Phone 7.8 update for older smartphones in the US at the end of the month, after announcing the software last year.

The technology giant today (January 25) announced a fall in profits in the final quarter of 2012, despite launching the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 operating systems.

Nokia Lumia 900
Windows Phone 8 screenshot

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Windows Phone 8 was introduced last autumn on a range of new smartphones by Nokia, HTC and Samsung. But Microsoft also said that it would introduce a Windows Phone 7.8 update for older smartphones running the mobile software.

Microsoft said the upgrade would come in early 2013, but has not yet given a confirmed date. However, WPCentral reports that Nokia Lumia 900 devices on US carrier AT&T will get the 7.8 upgrade on January 30.

This means that they can move from Windows Phone 7.5 to the 7.8 version, which brings some of the functionality of Windows Phone 8, including the resizable Live Tiles on small, medium and large options, backed up by extra theme colour options.

The Bing search engine homepage can be included on the lock screen on 7.8 handsets, but third-party developers will not be able to add their services to the lock screen, as with the full Windows Phone 8 software.

In an official statement, Microsoft said that it is working with hardware and carrier partners to get Windows Phone 7.8 "tested, approved, and rolled out to as many devices as possible in early 2013".

There has been no indication yet as to when Windows Phone 7.8 will roll out in the UK. When that does happen, it will be available to download through the Zune desktop software, with the file expected to be around 100 MB.

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