Neowin: A vision of how Windows Phone 8.1 could look

By on August 9, 2013, 10:45 AM

The ‘app problem’ on Windows Phone is becoming less of a problem these days, with more high-profile brands launching on the platform, and Microsoft also adding to the mix with titles such as Fresh Paint and its Bing portfolio. But another problem remains, one that’s unlikely to change quickly: updates.

Microsoft is currently rolling out its second major update to Windows Phone 8 - General Distribution Release 2 (GDR2) – but it brings few high-impact features, and certainly none that will make the platform more compelling to potential buyers. GDR3 is expected to arrive later this year, but is likewise believed to bring relatively little in terms of new features, with its focus being on adding OS support for 1080p displays and quad-core processors.

Sadly, it seems that the really meaty improvements to the OS won’t come until early next year, when Microsoft rolls out its long-awaited ‘Blue’ update Windows Phone 8. The company’s Blue update for its PC operating system has already been announced in the form of Windows 8.1, but it looks like it will be many more months before Windows Phone 8.1 arrives.

There’s been much speculation in recent weeks about what that update might bring. Better notifications are more or less a given, as is improved multitasking. Microsoft has also promised that it will deliver improved support for business and enterprise customers as part of an update in early 2014, perhaps indicating that that will form part of the 8.1 release. 

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VPN support please. Will probably have to jump ship to a HTC One otherwise.

Guest said:

Still looks like cr4p to me.

JC713 JC713 said:

WP8 needs a better app eco system and new business features--then it will be set for the corporate sector.

RH00D RH00D said:

I've had a Lumia 800 for about a year and I love the Windows Phone platform, even though my device has only had 7.5 and 7.8, so I can't speak on version 8 specifically.

I really want to upgrade to WP8.1 and what ever new Nokia Lumia device will probably be released along that time but at the same time I really want to jump to the BlackBerry Z10 since it is pretty sweet and since BlackBerry is a Canadian company, I kind of feel bad being Canadian and not supporting them. I'm so torn.

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