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Windows Phone 7.8 update paused by Microsoft

Those without the Windows Phone 7.8 software will be kept waiting a little longer, as Microsoft squashes bugs.

Microsoft has paused the Windows 7.8 update for older Windows Phone devices like the Nokia Lumia 800, 900 and 610, holding many mobiles on Windows 7.5 as it works to fix a glitch in the software.

I've confirmed with Nokia that the update has indeed been halted for now -- sorry news indeed for Lumia owners gagging to get hold of the new software.

Omio quotes a Nokia rep as saying that the glitch in question is a "minor issue in the Windows Phone 7.8 software," so here's hoping the update continues as planned before too long.

Windows Phone 7.8 is a halfway house between version 7.5 and Windows Phone 8, offering the refreshed homescreen and resizable live tiles that come with the latter.

Microsoft riled up fans of its patchwork operating system when it confirmed that older Windows Phone mobiles wouldn't be getting an update to Windows Phone 8. This punished anyone who opted into the new platform in its first year with a mobile that wouldn't get an update to the full-blooded software.

Windows Phone 7.8 should give your older smart phone a shot in the arm though. The update leaked in December, so if you're desperate to try the new software, it can be done. You'll need to flash your phone first though, so proceed at your own risk.

Are you excited to see what Windows Phone is going to do next? Or would you rather see current smart phones getting the latest software? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook wall