The next version of Microsoft's mobile operating system has this week been tipped as Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh. This is in contrast to what we've heard in the past with rumors floating through cyberspace of the code-name being Windows Phone Tango, but does not knock down the idea that Windows Phone Apollo (the update after this) will be Windows Phone version 8.0. This new naming scheme comes from Windows Phone Italy who had the chance to sit down and have a chat with Microsoft's Stefania Duico, who coined the name.
This chat resulted in the naming of the next version of the smartphone operating system, and while it does not quite fall in line with what we expected of the next version numbering of the OS, it doesn't pop up as the least odd update name in history. This Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh will mostly be an update to the minimum specifications of the devices it'll be able to be run on, so truly no spats should be had about it not tacking on a new number on itself as it goes forth.
This Windows Phone edition will have essentially the same features as Windows Phone 7.5 Mango but with the ability to be run on devices in lower income areas and places where phones with nicer features are not able to be subsidized properly to bring their prices down to equitable levels.
This software update is a stop closer to Windows Phone 8 Apollo which will coincide with the release of the final release version of Windows 8 for desktop computers and tablets. This operating system will be very similar in usability and functionality to Windows 8, and both will collaborate to bridge the gap between desktop and mobile extremely effectively - or so we hope! Check out our relatively short timeline on Windows Phone Tango to get the clean details on this incremental update until then!
[via Windows Phone Italy]