Microsoft is targeting the holiday season for next major Windows Phone update

Ever since the launch of Windows Phone 7 in October 2010, Microsoft has offered up major updates to its mobile OS on a yearly basis. Recently, rumors hit the Internet that the next major Windows Phone version, under the code name Windows Phone Blue, might not be released until sometime in 2014.

While that may turn out to be the case, Microsoft is still publicly aiming for a major Windows Phone update sometime before the end of 2013. That's according to a recent job listing on the company's careers page which is looking for a software engineer to join the team.

The job listing states:

This is a great time to join as we’re completing our current release are getting ready for our next release targeting the holiday of this year and we’re chartered with keeping the momentum for Windows Phone by bringing new killer devices and delightful user experiences.

Microsoft most likely wants to stick with its fall season update cycle for major Windows Phone software upgrades in order to get new devices from its hardware partners out in time for the critical holiday shopping period. The big question: what new features will be added to the OS at that time? At the moment, the only thing we know for sure is that Microsoft wants to have future Windows Phone apps work with Windows 8, and vice versa, with no extra effort needed to port apps from one OS to another.

Source: Microsoft Careers | Image via Microsoft
Via: WMPoweruser

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I'm just hoping that with this update, MS and Toyota gets their act together for Entune! Although, there SHOULD be an Entune update this month, but I'm not holding my breath for it but hoping to be surprised.

I think what they mean is WP9 is targeted for holiday. 'Blue' seems to be a medium-sized update that will bring a more unified experienced which I think will come around the same time it does for Window 8.

j2006 said,
I think what they mean is WP9 is targeted for holiday. 'Blue' seems to be a medium-sized update that will bring a more unified experienced which I think will come around the same time it does for Window 8.

Portico was GDR1(general distribution release), theres a GDR2 in spring/summer,and maybe a GDR3 after, then Blue is released in the fall/holidays.

from mary jo foley

Windows Phone Blue is the Windows Phone OS update designed to bring the Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 app models and developer platforms more into sync. Supposedly the Windows Blue update includes new programming interfaces, kernel updates and some user interface enhancements (though nothing too major on the UI front, I've heard).

j2006 said,
I think what they mean is WP9 is targeted for holiday. 'Blue' seems to be a medium-sized update that will bring a more unified experienced which I think will come around the same time it does for Window 8.

Which would also be the holiday... Microsoft is on a major release every two years, so WP9 shouldn't be out until 2014.

too bad the current hand sets will be incompatible. lol its going to suck to be a lumia 920 owner. its ok though, the next phone gen they bring out will be future proof.

jorel009 said,
too bad the current hand sets will be incompatible. lol its going to suck to be a lumia 920 owner. its ok though, the next phone gen they bring out will be future proof.

Any facts to actually back anything up that you just said?

Someone at Microsoft said that all WP8 devices will receive updates. That doesn't mean it'll support WP9 though. It all depends on the minimum hardware requirements. If any current WP8 device meets those requirements, then there shouldn't be any compatibility issues.

jorel009 said,
too bad the current hand sets will be incompatible. lol its going to suck to be a lumia 920 owner. its ok though, the next phone gen they bring out will be future proof.

And where exactly does it say that? Do you even know why WP7 sets weren't upgradable in the first place?

Dot Matrix said,

And where exactly does it say that? Do you even know why WP7 sets weren't upgradable in the first place?

I doubt he even knows the difference between CE and NT.

I think you mean as a 900 owner. All the WP8 devices should be fine. WP7 to WP8 was a fundamental shift in the operating system architecture. While on the surface it may look very similar, they changed a lot that you don't see. If MS was locking WP7 hardware out of (acceptably) running WP8, I'm sure someone would have figured out how to run WP8 on a Lumia 900 by now.

I'll accept the argument that MS could have been more forthcoming on WP7, knowing at the time that the phones wouldn't get the upgrade. But with the transition, they've "future-proofed" as you say the OS architecture for many years to come and I doubt we'll see another fiasco like what happened last year.

jorel009 said,
too bad the current hand sets will be incompatible. lol its going to suck to be a lumia 920 owner. its ok though, the next phone gen they bring out will be future proof.

actually, its been confirmed that all wp8 phones are going to be upgradeable from Microsoft.

jorel009 said,
too bad the current hand sets will be incompatible. lol its going to suck to be a lumia 920 owner. its ok though, the next phone gen they bring out will be future proof.

Wtf are you saying? You do know they're not going to do that again now that Windows and Windows Phone are on the same kernel now right? Also, all WP8 devices will be support updates for a MINIMUM of 2 years. We'll for sure be getting WP9, and quite possibly WP10.

jorel009 said,
too bad the current hand sets will be incompatible. lol its going to suck to be a lumia 920 owner. its ok though, the next phone gen they bring out will be future proof.

Yeah none of what you're saying is true. Its ok though, you can just crawl back into your troll hole until next time....

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

I doubt he even knows the difference between CE and NT.


Doubtful... Just more nonsense by someone that has no idea what he's talking about.

korupt_one said,
it has already been confirmed that current handsets will be getting all these upgrades, stop spreading fud.

+1. Not sure how people have so little in their lives that they even have time to troll topics they don't care about... *sigh*

I think it's too early for WP9. It makes more sense to save that for release around the time of Windows 9.

WP7.5 is considered a major update to WP7 and that was released before WP8. If I remember correctly, it was released a year after WP7. Going by that, I think it's more likely that this major update will be called WP8.5. And when WP9 is released, Microsoft should release WP8.8.

Anaron said,
I think it's too early for WP9. It makes more sense to save that for release around the time of Windows 9.

WP7.5 is considered a major update to WP7 and that was released before WP8. If I remember correctly, it was released a year after WP7. Going by that, I think it's more likely that this major update will be called WP8.5. And when WP9 is released, Microsoft should release WP8.8.


Why not just update the phones to WP9? It's not like they're going to be changing kernels again.

siah1214 said,

Why not just update the phones to WP9? It's not like they're going to be changing kernels again.
It depends on the minimum hardware requirements. Microsoft will most likely change it for WP9 in order to stay competitive. If it doesn't change, then there shouldn't be any reason not to see WP9 on current WP8 devices (or at the very least, high-end WP8 devices with 720p displays and 1 GB of RAM).

siah1214 said,

Why not just update the phones to WP9? It's not like they're going to be changing kernels again.

Because there's nothing to be gained by that. Microsoft is trying to unify their products, so why would the break from that right out of the gate? It would defeat the purpose of everything they have been doing across the entire company. Add to that their major / minor update plan for their OS products and it would go ageanst everything they have been doing to release this as WP9. It will be a major update to WP8, but still WP8.

M_Lyons10 said,

Because there's nothing to be gained by that. Microsoft is trying to unify their products, so why would the break from that right out of the gate? It would defeat the purpose of everything they have been doing across the entire company. Add to that their major / minor update plan for their OS products and it would go ageanst everything they have been doing to release this as WP9. It will be a major update to WP8, but still WP8.

You're quoting my post but your response has nothing to do with it. Re-read the comments thread.

They won't miss such an important release period. They would sooner push off features... The rumor that they could is just silly.

briangw said,
I hope we see a better notification center before the next major update.

Agreed. And as they said that they wanted to get that into WP8, but ran out of time, I think we will be seeing that.

Yeah, I read that too. The ONLY thing I dislike about WP8 compared to my old iPhone is not being able to get emails to fill up the lock screen and actually see the screen light up with them.

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