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Windows Phone 7.8 coming this week?

Rumour has it that Windows Phone 7.8 will be released on Wednesday night.

Rumour has it that the Windows Phone 7.8 update will be released on Wednesday night.

(Credit: Microsoft)

Pre-existing Windows Phone users who will miss out on Windows 8 will still be able to get a bunch of new features with an update to Windows Phone 7 — which might arrive as soon as Wednesday night, according to WMPoweruser.

The website cites an anonymous tip-off as its source; however, TechCrunch got in contact with Microsoft, which said that it has no announcement to make at this time — although we might hear something "soon".

Although the update will include features such as new boot and start screens, live lock-screen wallpaper and core apps redesigned, it will not offer forward compatibility with Windows 8 apps. However, the update may go some way toward validating users who bought new Windows smartphones prior to the launch of Windows 8.