Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 7.8 For Legacy Devices

Microsoft has lately confirmed that the devices that are currently running on the Windows Phone 7.5 will not be receiving the long awaited Apollo update. This has put an end to the long debate on the Windows 7.5 devices. This does not mean that these smartphones are at the end of the line. It has long been speculated that the reason why Microsoft would want to restrict the Windows Phone 8 OS to the new phones is mainly due to the improvements in the hardware support and the changes in the platform architecture. After all, how can the single core devices with VGA screens take advantage of the multi core? This part obviously makes sense, but that leaves the software side.

Microsoft is making their own plans to make the current users of the Windows Phone stay happy. Some software benefits will be included in Windows Phone 8 and a helping of these killer features will be available to the legacy devices in the form of Windows Phone 7.8. There will be support for 3 tile sizes, and the smallest will be the fingertip size. This will be a quartet of the standard square. The Apollo update will be delivered directly to the users, sidestepping the carriers and the update can be done over Wi-Fi. This news was confirmed after contacting the Microsoft help & support team.

Microsoft was very keen to announce that the 7.x apps will run on Windows Phone 8. ZDNet has just confirmed through a statement from Microsoft that the apps that are built for the new platform will not be backward compatible. They said, "New applications compiled specifically for Windows Phone 8 will not be made available for Windows Phone 7.x devices." The latest update for the Windows phones that is code named Apollo Plus will be bringing new features to the Windows Phone 8. This will be a point update to push the features and fixes.

With this update, Microsoft is planning to include VPN support in Windows Phone. This was a missing option, and the introduction of this feature will allow the corporate users to connect to their work systems. If you wish to know more on the features and updates that will be introduced with the Apollo update, you can contact the Microsoft help & support team. They will be able to provide you with the latest news on the update.
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