Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Phone 7.8 will be available to Windows Phone 7 users in early 2013.

Announced in June this year, Windows Phone 7.8 promises to bring some of the latest Windows Phone 8 features to devices such as the Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 900 smartphones.

"We know you’re eager to get the Windows Phone 7.8 update, and we want you to know that we’re working closely with our hardware and carrier partners to get it tested, approved, and rolled out to as many devices as possible in early 2013,"  says Microsoft.

READ: Nokia Lumia 900 review

It was created as a stop-gap for devices that can't run Windows Phone 8, and rumours started circulating this week that the WP7.8 update might be coming in the next couple of days. Microsoft's confirmation on Wednesday crushes those "supposed" leaks.

Windows Phone 7.8 will bring with it the now infamous new start page with multiple tile sizes, and other features such as the option to automatically display the Bing Picture of the Day plus the "A1B2C3" PIN/password challenge to prevent accidental device wipes on phones connected to Exchange accounts.