Microsoft teases possible Windows Phone 8.1 announcement in June [Update]

With all the recent discussion - along with leaks, photos, rumours and more - of Windows 8.1, you'd be forgiven for wondering what's going on with Windows Phone. We've known for some time that a major update to Windows Phone is on the way - part of the 'Blue' wave of updates that will encompass Windows 8 and Windows Server, along with 'Gemini' updates to the Office suite

But information has been pretty light when it comes to Windows Phone, and with rumours suggesting that its Blue update might be delayed until the first half of 2014, many will have been wondering if we'll hear anything about Windows Phone 8.1 any time soon. 

Well, worry no longer. In a tweet today, Microsoft revealed that it will be sharing more about its plans for Windows Phone 8 next month: 

At this stage, it's not 100% certain that this will be an announcement of Windows Phone 8.1, or if Microsoft will just reveal more details on interim updates, such as General Distribution Release 3 (GDR3), which is expected to bring improvements such as support for quad-core processors and 1080p displays.

While it's possible that we may hear some details about its plans for Windows Phone at TechEd North America next week, it's likely that the company will be saving the good stuff for its BUILD conference in San Francisco at the end of next month. 

We'll have correspondents at both TechEd and BUILD - so stay tuned to Neowin, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @NeowinFeed for all the latest developments.

Update: Well, folks, we have to put our hands up to this one - in sheer, blind excitement about the possibility of actual, real Windows Phone update news coming, we overlooked the fact that this info came from an unofficial non-Microsoft account, as has been pointed out in the comments below. Hey, even we make mistakes sometimes! Sorry for getting your hopes up. 

Source: Twitter

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14 Comments

tomwarren said,
Sigh. This isn't an official Microsoft account. There's no Windows Phone 8.1 announcement in June.

This! the official Windows Phone twitter account by Microsoft is @windowsphone .

I was about to post the same. This is not an official account. It could be an announcement in June or not, but the label for this one is rumor.

ajua said,
I was about to post the same. This is not an official account. It could be an announcement in June or not, but the label for this one is rumor.

Yeah, I am really getting tired of these fake accounts teasing news... How big of a loser can you be? LOL

In any event, I do hope we get some more news soon...

I like your updated note, it shows the problem with this platform at the moment, the WP team seem to have lost their ability to communicate or threw the comms plan out the window ever since portico.

How have they lost their ability to communicate? Why are you entitled to know their plans when they are not ready to announce anything yet? They're making a smarter move by not spoiling their plans, which is what happened with previous updates. They announced things too early, and then disappointed people when they weren't able to deliver on time. People are so impatient these days. /first world problems.

j2006 said,
How have they lost their ability to communicate? Why are you entitled to know their plans when they are not ready to announce anything yet? They're making a smarter move by not spoiling their plans, which is what happened with previous updates. They announced things too early, and then disappointed people when they weren't able to deliver on time. People are so impatient these days. /first world problems.

Nothing to do with first world problems you hipster, its about the fact that up until Portico they were quite vocal and communicative about the product, the direction it was heading and the features. Many WP users found it beneficial and a much better approach than the once a year update announcement like competitor products.

Since portico this has stopped and with it, seems like momentum and improvements to the platform have also slowed.

I didnt say im entitled to it, I didn't say they have to tell us anything, simply thats its a change and one that I and many other WP users don't like. We want to hear whats on the horizon more than once a year particularly with a platform that many would argue is still missing some key features.

Besides that its the wrong twitter account.
Isnt the Windows Phone team behind schedule? Wasn't 8.1 planned for WP8 the same time as it was for Win8, but that they're 1-2months behind schedule already and we most likely wouldn't be seeing WP8.1 until next year.....With the announcements/rumors being made that the next major update for WP8 is in June. (also Nokia's new update).....
How could anyone even fall for this.

If Windows Phone 8.1 still doesn't support allocationg static IP over WiFi, then I'm not interested.
I was looking a getting myself a Windows Phone this week until I found out about this, but if I'm
not able to use the internet with a Windows Phone on my home network, that's a dealbreaker.

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