Microsoft reclaims phone with early Windows Phone 8.1 OS

Earlier this weekend, a person who goes by the handle 'ChinaMan28' on Reddit posted up screenshots of what looked like an early build of Windows Phone 8.1, showing a number of new features like a notification center.

The Reddit poster claims he got access to the OS when he bought a Nokia Lumia 920 from an unknown party on eBay. We still don't know if the person who put the phone up for bids was an employee of Microsoft or Nokia or someone who managed to find, or perhaps steal, the device.

Either way, it looks like Microsoft wants the phone back but doesn't look to punish the person who revealed what was inside. In a new Reddit post, 'ChinaMan28' states:

Phone is going bye bye, got my phone calls and take down requests (I would much rather avoid legal matters of this nature). But atleast (sic) they are rembursing (sic) me for what I paid and a new phone.. w00t!!!

It definitely looks like 'ChinaMan28' got much more than he bargained for when he made his innocent eBay bid, but on his side of things it looks like things worked out in the end. The big question: Who was the eBay seller of this Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone and will Microsoft be going after this person to plug a rather large software leak?

Source: Reddit via WPCentral.com | Image via Reddit

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hmm, odd. Is this just his word solely? because I honestly don't believe these leaks.

Even more so because this guy apparently said he would post a video, but all of a sudden he can't.... Its easy to photoshop, not so easy to make a video of it.

I guess if Microsoft security went to the guy's place with police but without a warrant, and made a bunch of threats, then it would be believable. But that is how the competition works, not MS.

StephenBratz said,
I guess if Microsoft security went to the guy's place with police but without a warrant, and made a bunch of threats, then it would be believable. But that is how the competition works, not MS.

Sure MS does not know what "Cease and desist" is......

Microsoft didn't send out thugs, backed up with police in a completely illegal way to harass, threaten, and just plain bully this guy. They asked him for the phone back, provided some incentive, and the guy said sure. If Microsoft acted in the same way, they would have hired some off duty cops to make it look official, forced their way into the guys house, take the phone, and then file legal action against the guy.

StephenBratz said,
Microsoft didn't send out thugs, backed up with police in a completely illegal way to harass, threaten, and just plain bully this guy. They asked him for the phone back, provided some incentive, and the guy said sure. If Microsoft acted in the same way, they would have hired some off duty cops to make it look official, forced their way into the guys house, take the phone, and then file legal action against the guy.

I think you miss the difference between buying something on eBay, with the name of both the buyer and the seller names, addresses etc. and buying something that "dropped off the truck" so to speak....

well that's it for this weeks MS leaks in the neeews! be sure to tune in next time for: Neobond makes multi-Continental run from the law with super early screenshot leaks of windows 9.

Hope this is not like the WP8 leak , all features were revealed with SDK leak and Microsoft didn't had anything new to show in their WP8 release ( except Jessica Alba ) ..

So people have been calling for a Notification system since Windows Phone came out, and they're not only JUST getting to it, and we're waiting until next year.

Sheesh, don't hurry at all guys, it's not like your miles behind or anything.

Walrush said,
So people have been calling for a Notification system since Windows Phone came out, and they're not only JUST getting to it, and we're waiting until next year.

Sheesh, don't hurry at all guys, it's not like your miles behind or anything.

Windows Phone technically doesn't need a notification center. It has live tiles that do the work.

The fact is that there are people who do not want to pin all their apps to the start screen and scroll up and down to check if there are notifications. A centralized repository for them make sense. Who likes the concept use it who does not others do not. Trying to satisfy the widest numbers of customers is always the best course of action for a company.

francescob said,
I just can't wait to be spammed by bajillions of ads from apps!

Out of all the things a notification center can show why would ads come to mind?

Dot Matrix said,

Windows Phone technically doesn't need a notification center. It has live tiles that do the work.

Windows Phone does indeed need a notification center. Lets take for example the app PageOnce. It sends toast notifications but its live tile does not show any info. So what happens when you miss that notification? You are sol. I have Skype and what Sapp installed. They are not pinned to the start screen. If you miss the notification you may miss some important communication. To compound this problem, where I work I am prohibited from using a cellphone at work. So knowing windows phones default behavior is to show a toast notification without waiting for acknowledgement from the user to dismiss it and then offering no method to recall missed messages, the lack of a notification center readily apparent.

GP007 said,

Out of all the things a notification center can show why would ads come to mind?

Because being woken up at 3:00 AM to be notified of some new random crappy app on the marketplace is the awesome!

francescob said,

Because being woken up at 3:00 AM to be notified of some new random crappy app on the marketplace is the awesome!
Unless you have some app installed that is set to do that I don't think it'll work that way. Not by default anyways.

Walrush said,
So people have been calling for a Notification system since Windows Phone came out, and they're not only JUST getting to it, and we're waiting until next year.

Sheesh, don't hurry at all guys, it's not like your miles behind or anything.

Cough VPN cough!

Looks like Microsoft will have all the info they need when they get the phone, unless of course the seller was able to somehow erase id's etc.

Where the hell can i post my suggestions?
Microsoft, if you are reading this then i want this features:
- Shortcut switch to wifi, bluetoothe, nfc etc like in android
- Sim application shown as an app.

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