Microsoft getting its ducks in a row for WP8.1 launch with sync app update?
Microsoft’s Build conference begins tomorrow. Unless we’ve been wildly misled, Build will mark the public debut of Windows Phone 8.1. We may well see Nokia announce some WP8.1 phones (or maybe just a single phone) of its own, rumors have suggested that WP8.1 developer previews could be ready next week, and then a little later this month we could see sales of new WP8.1 hardware begin. We’ve already caught multiple signs pointing to Microsoft’s intentions for an imminent launch, and with Build nearly upon us, today we spot one more, as an update goes out for the Windows Phone PC sync app.
This is the app that replaced Zune with the release of Windows Phone 8 (and the very same one we were so dissatisfied with that we showed you some work-arounds to get proper media sync going). This week, there’s a mysterious update going out for the software, with its changelog revealing nothing of note besides support for “the latest version of Windows Phone.”
Even before this update arrived, the software supported all currently released WP8 builds, meaning we’re almost certainly talking about 8.1 here. And with this timing, having the update arrive just hours before Build, it’s very easy to start believing that the update is indeed part of Microsoft’s efforts to prepare for the 8.1 announcement.
Be sure to check back with us tomorrow to learn if this Windows Phone 8.1 launch ends up happening like we expect.