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Nokia finally rolls out Windows Phone 7.8 update to Lumia 900

Nokia has finally rolled out Microsoft's incremental Windows Phone 7.8 update to the Lumia 900 handset.

Originally unveiled back in January, Windows Phone 7.8 offers users of older Windows Phone devices a scaled down version of the Windows Phone 8 experience.

For example, Windows Phone 7.8 offers a taste of Microsoft's new Live Tile-based interface, giving users of eligible devices a far greater scope for home screen customisation than they enjoy on Windows Phone 7.5.

Other improvements include resizeable widgets, a new lock screen featuring Bing wallpapers, additional colour themes, and a host of updated logos.

The Windows Phone 7.8 boost will be the final upgrade of the Windows Phone 7 generation, Microsoft has previously confirmed.

In related news, Nokia is gearing up to launch its next top-of-the-range Windows Phone 8 smartphone.

The Nokia Lumia 928 will be the follow-up to current flagship the Lumia 920 and is expected to be unveiled at a special UK event on 14 May.

A great deal appears to rest on the forthcoming handset, after Nokia CEO Stephen Elop faced a grilling from his company's shareholders at its recent annual general meeting in Helsinki.

Elop was accused by one investor of leading Nokia down a "road to hell" by insisting on maintaining an exclusive mobile focus on the Windows Phone platform.