Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 22nd Feb 2014 20:51 UTC

Microsoft isn't yet talking about the next update to Windows Phone. Though the company has made a series of small updates to Windows Phone 8, with three delivered so far, the platform is more or less the same as it was in 2012.

A big update is, however, in the cards. A series of leaks over the past few weeks have revealed an abundance of details about what Microsoft is likely to call Windows Phone 8.1. Unlike the three updates already made to Windows 8, Windows Phone 8.1 will be huge: so big that the 8.1 name (no doubt chosen to align the phone operating system with the desktop and tablet one) is downright misleading. If version numbers were determined by the scale of changes alone, this would be called Windows Phone 9.

Inside the bubble of Windows Phone, this is a huge update, and definitely one I'm looking forward to. However, outside of this bubble, this update contains nothing that iOS and Android haven't had for years, making WP 8.1 feel like what the platform should have been from day one.

If Microsoft can keep up with the competition going forward from 8.1, things could (finally) get interesting.

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Deleted Windows 8 With Extreme Prejudism
by ioconnor on Sun 23rd Feb 2014 03:55 UTC
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I got a new laptop last week and immediately wrote over the entire disk with Linux Mint 64bit XFCE. I did ponder for a few minutes about what a mess windows 8 was. My thoughts were something along the lines of "unless Microsoft starts charging something like $2.99 for Windows 8 their OS will follow the same curve the IE browser did". Then I smiled and installed Linux Mint XFCE leaving no traces Windows 8 ever tainted my computer. Assured of what will happen in the future.

Edited 2014-02-23 03:59 UTC

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drstorm Member since:

Are you sure you don't have Win8 SLIC in BIOS?

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