Windows Phone GDR 2 looks set for a July release, according to one carrier

The next update to the Windows Phone platform, GDR2, is looking like it will start hitting handsets in the July timeframe. While the above information is only for Telstra, if that carrier is able to push out updates to its devices in July, it would seem logical that other carriers around the world should be able to push out updates around the same time.

The GDR2 update will bring several new features to the platform, including CalDav, expanded DataSense support and FM radio. There are other under-the-hood enhancements as well, though this is a relatively small update to the platform. Dates for Telestra's testing schedule can be seen here.

One aspect to pay attention to when the update does roll out is how quickly Microsoft is able to deliver the update to the many different phones out on the market. For Microsoft, keeping all of its phones updated is an important step, as it avoids the negative connotation Android has where handsets don’t support new versions of the platform.

Even though Microsoft has a walled-garden approach to Windows Phone with many different models in the wild and several variations of each handset being sold by the same vendor, it’s a logistical mountain Microsoft must cross to make sure each handset is updated in a timely fashion.

We will hopefully hear more about the future of Windows Phone at Microsoft’s upcoming BUILD conference that occurs later this month

Source: Telstra via WMPoweruser

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With an unbranded 920 hopefully I'll be at the front of the crowd for this update. Last Nokia firmware u[pdate was weeks after carriers were releasing it which ****ed me royally!

It has been already said, that all unbranded/SIM-lock-free phones get to the very last position in the queue, ATT-branded ones are in the 1st position. Did you expect the unbranded-ness will mean any preference over branded ones.. oh my oh my, what a naive customer you are

Yes, we know because you post the same thing in every WP8 article. The fact is VPN on a phone is a niche requirement (yes, even for business users) and there's no reason for it to be rushed out.

TPreston said,
Hey wanna hear a joke ? Its 2013 and windows phone still cant connect to a VPN.

My sides...

Cant think of a single use for a VPN anymore, all files stored on sharepoint and data in CRM with SSL secured access along with exchange active sync - even remote connection (to maybe use sage or something) is doable via the RDP apps out there.

Yes, the majority will be happy with email, calendar, task access. WP8 integrates Sharepoint for document access but, like VPN, that's a niche requirement on a phone.

jakem1 said,
Yes, we know because you post the same thing in every WP8 article. The fact is VPN on a phone is a niche requirement (yes, even for business users) and there's no reason for it to be rushed out.
Rushed out ? My sides are splitting from laughing at this so much people have been asking the windows phone team to hurry the hell up and add vpn support since 7.0.

Its years overdue and already present in android/ios.

duddit2 said,

Cant think of a single use for a VPN anymore, all files stored on sharepoint and data in CRM with SSL secured access along with exchange active sync - even remote connection (to maybe use sage or something) is doable via the RDP apps out there.

Well unless you want me to carry around a netscaler or tmg server in my backpack or tie the rack to the end of my car its very much a requirement.

I hope this update has something in it useful. So far, everything that's "announced" doesn't affect me... Not saying I'm not glad for those that it does affect, but I like something useful to come in an update... lol

unless microsoft really pushes the development, it is still few years behind ios and android. The effort google made(project butter for example) changed the game for android ecosystem. microsoft also needs a breakthrough change to change the game.

The efforts Google had to make with Proj Butter is precisely why people prefer WP8. I've been 4 months organic-lube free and loving it, day in, day out, no need to reboot...

MS seems to be working at their own pace. Unfortunately, their pace is super slow. They should be going after low hanging fruit in terms of updates, with a few dedicated developers working on the long term changes -- Notification hub, VPN, separate volume controls and others. With others banging out the small things -- custom ring tones/sms/email per contact, battery % on status bar, system setting to always show status bar, etc. There are tons of smaller items on http://windowsphone.uservoice.com that could be code complete and tested by a small group within a matter of weeks. Yet here we are, moving at a snail's pace.

Edited by ahinson, Jun 17 2013, 6:24pm :

Microsoft are currently going thru a major restructure of how the company does stuff, they have been pushing stuff out pretty fast over the last year or so. Expect a major change in WP8 with the blue update before the holiday season. Seems the Windows and Windows Phone will be under one team in the future. MS year end is July 1st I believe so I would expect to see some of this new restructuring coming to light after that date. Nokia are currently testing quad core phones and I would imagine that Samsung and htc are also doing the same, Expect to see some great hardware arrive along side WP8.1 or even at GDR3

korupt_one said,
Microsoft are currently going thru a major restructure of how the company does stuff, they have been pushing stuff out pretty fast over the last year or so. Expect a major change in WP8 with the blue update before the holiday season...
Please tell me you left off the /sarcasm tag.

frett said,
Please tell me you left off the /sarcasm tag.

Everything he's saying is completely true though. Microsoft has never been so quick before on releasing new versions of their products (Windows 8.1, IE10, SkyDrive, etc.). The 8.1 (Blue) update has been confirmed by Microsoft for this fall, and there's been rumors of it restructuring...

I don't understand where the sarcasm is needed?

StandingInAlley said,
I hope DataSense comes to all carriers including unlocked one's and not just selected carriers.

I saw it somewhere and it was specified that was built-in and not carrier related but I do not remember if it was in GDR2, GDR3 or even WP8.1.

I just hope VZW includes the Group Msging update in this release. I read the rumors it was coming in the July release... guess we'll see.

jasqid said,
I just hope VZW includes the Group Msging update in this release. I read the rumors it was coming in the July release... guess we'll see.

What Group Messaging isn't currently supported on Verizon?

jasqid said,
I just hope VZW includes the Group Msging update in this release. I read the rumors it was coming in the July release... guess we'll see.

It gets so old explaining to other people why you can't Reply to All. You can't even see who is part of the group!!!

Is there a chart showing how many WP8 devices are not running on Portico GDR2 yet?
Hope that EE is faster on that one. They usually are quite fast with updates. off topic: anyone on else on EE getting the Windows Store EE Recommendations entry for a few days?

-adrian- said,
Is there a chart showing how many WP8 devices are not running on Portico GDR2 yet?
Hope that EE is faster on that one. They usually are quite fast with updates. off topic: anyone on else on EE getting the Windows Store EE Recommendations entry for a few days?

Yeah I'm on EE (920) and have seent he EE Recommends section.

Also, does your time sync properly, mine keeps creeping out and its not something we can set ourselves, its a network provider thing...

-adrian- said,
Is there a chart showing how many WP8 devices are not running on Portico GDR2 yet?...
Portico was GDR1 not 2.

DJGM said,
Is support for static IP addresses over wi-fi being added? If not, count me out.

Sorry but why do you need static IP over WiFi on your phone? Just curious...

Obry said,

Sorry but why do you need static IP over WiFi on your phone? Just curious...


Maybe he likes to manage IT the way it is meant to be and not based on "names".
For example is my phone connected to Starbucks Wifi in one place and connects to it automatically on the other place as well just because of the same name

Obry said,

Sorry but why do you need static IP over WiFi on your phone? Just curious...


If you have a network firewall you can filter traffic based on source ip
DJGM said,
Is support for static IP addresses over wi-fi being added? If not, count me out.
You can use reservations on the dhcp server as a workaround

TPreston said,

If you have a network firewall you can filter traffic based on source ip
You can use reservations on the dhcp server as a workaround

That's kind of the point of those WiFi hotspots but I'm sure there are other use cases.

TPreston said,

If you have a network firewall you can filter traffic based on source ip
You can use reservations on the dhcp server as a workaround

An IP is far easier to spoof than a MAC address. Filter on MAC instead to manage IT the way it is meant and designed.