Windows Phone 8.1 isn’t expected to get an official release for most WP8 devices until later this summer, but according to a new report from Neowin, Microsoft is already internally testing a new update for the mobile OS. Citing an anonymous insider, the site suggests Redmond is hard at work on a Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 update as well as upcoming versions of the company’s desktop OS.
According to Neowin’s sources, Microsoft is already dogfooding the new Windows Phone software, meaning it could hit the market later this year. It’s still unclear what the update will fix or add to Windows Phone 8.1, though we’re guessing it won’t be as big an overhaul of the mobile OS as WP8.1.
Meanwhile, it looks like Windows 9 development may be lagging behind a bit, though we’re not expecting Microsoft to release the overhauled desktop OS until mid-2015. Before then the company will reportedly push out another update for Windows 8, which could be called either Windows 8.2 or Windows 8.1 Update 2. This upgrade could arrive as soon as next month, though we’re still not sure what to expect from it.
We’re hoping for big things from Microsoft next year with Windows 9, which could potentially help bridge the gap between desktop and mobile as the company closes in on true convergence for its operating system. In the meantime it’s nice to see Microsoft pushing out smaller updates along the way, especially after the original Windows Phone 8 went so long without seeing any real improvements.