Windows Phone 7 offers a fresh, fun user interface, exciting features for music-lovers and gamers, and some gorgeous phones. But there's plenty of room for improvement, especially in the app store.
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The Windows Phone 7 version is being retired, which means it will no longer be available for download, and people won't be able to use it on their existing WP7 device.
Microsoft has let its Zune and Windows Phone 7 users know that any content that they've bought on their devices won't be accessible after February next year. Users will have to upgrade to a Windows Phone 8 handset to stay current.
Microsoft says Xbox Video content owned by users won't be playable on Windows Phone 7 devices but will work fine on Windows Phone 8.
Microsoft's cosmetic interface update has been a long time coming for the Nokia Lumia 900.
The company says that Windows Phone 8's support will end in July 2014, while Windows Phone 7.8 will continue to receive support until September.
Those without the Windows Phone 7.8 software will be kept waiting a little longer, as Microsoft squashes bugs.
The carrier says it won't update Nokia's 710 smartphone but fails to give a reason why.
Still no word on when existing Windows Phone users will get the Windows Phone 7.8. But the developer kit for 7.8 is available now.
You can update now, if you can't wait until early next year for your fix of Windows Phone 7.8.