What does the future look like for Windows Phone 8 updates? Yesterday we heard assurances that WP8 wouldn’t end up like WP7, left behind after a major platform shift, but what precisely is on the way? While we still don’t have a lot of details on just what features to expect from future updates, Mary Jo Foley has heard a bit about how Microsoft might be planning to release the next few, leading up to Windows Blue.
The HTC Tiara that just leaked mentioned running WP8 GDR2 – that GDR means General Distribution Release, and the first one, GDR1, was what we’ve known as Portico. Foley has heard that after GDR2 is out, which we’ve already learned could arrive around May, Microsoft plans to release GDR3. Only after all three of those updates have gone out would the company get around to Windows Blue.
Blue, as we’ve heard, is to be a much larger move to help further unite Windows 8, RT, and Phone while delivering new features and app updates to all. A lot of the Blue changes could be behind the scenes, helping to ease cross-platform development.
Foley also mentions that the Apollo+ we’ve talked about isn’t any one update like any of these GDRs, but a more general term for improvements to WP8.