Thursday, February 14, 2013

Where is my Windows 7.8 Upgrade?

If you got into the Windows Phone game early, like I did, then you were probably just as bummed as I was when you heard that your Windows 7.5 device would not be upgradable to Windows 8. If it's almost time for you to upgrade, then I'm jealous of you, because the Nokia Lumia 920 is very affordable when you renew your AT&T service contract (especially with Car-Tel's limited BOGO promotion). However, if you've got a year to go like I do, you're probably thinking, how can I possibly make it through the next 11 months without a more customizable start screen?

Fret not, my fellow Lumia 900 owners, for the Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade is here!'s here-ish. Nokia has announced that it has begun rolling out the upgrade, but for many of us, it's mysteriously not available yet according to our Zune software. But rest assured, your smartphone will alert you when the upgrade is ready to download in your area, and Nokia says that it will be available to you sometime in the next 3 weeks. Here's how to get your upgrade:

So what's new in Windows Phone 7.8? For starters, an improved start screen experience with the ability to resize your Live Tiles (small, medium, or large). In addition, you can now automate your lock screen to update daily with a new image from Bing, and there is also improved pocket and child lock screen security. Other major system updates include increased language support, improved internet and Bluetooth sharing, camera extras, and new apps like Contacts Share, Play To, and Nokia City Lens.

This upgrade shares many new features of Windows Phone 8 with owners of some earlier Windows Phone devices, so it should hold you over until it's time to upgrade.

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