With Mobile World Congress just over the horizon, it sounds like Microsoft will use the show as a platform to reveal more details about Windows 8.1 GDR2. Documents discovered on the company’s site reveal the new update – which rumors have said is being canceled – is very close to a release, putting it in prime position for a launch during the show in Barcelona. Microsoft is reportedly close to unveiling new Lumia devices, so it does indeed look like the stars are aligning.
As Windows Central notes, release documents are typically hidden from the public, but these are lying in plain site. Why hide it, Microsoft? Sure, a lot of our attention is pointed toward Windows 10, but Microsoft has always been promising Windows 8.1 would receive at least two GDRs (General Distribution Release), and it looks like the Redmond company will make good on that promise.
That said, it looks like GDR2 is going to be relatively minor. Some of the changes in Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 include Video over LTE (for video conferencing), Restore Start tile layout, more phone languages and VPN configuration service provider. More details below:
- Video over LTE—Customize specific settings and behavior for Video over LTE to meet mobile operator requirements, including showing or hiding the LTE video calling switch, setting the default value for the switch, enabling video conferencing, and more.
- Restore Start tile layout—Append the OEM-defined Start screen layout to the bottom of the user’s backed up Start screen layout when the user restores their device from a backup.
- More phone languages—Bangla, Khmer, Kiswahili, Lao
Windows Central points out that the documents don’t identify any changes to hardware requirements, which means we shouldn’t expect any Microsoft devices with 2K displays or Snapdragon 805 chips. For the most part, it looks like Microsoft is simply doing some small nips and tucks as it moves its attention over to Windows 10, which is currently in early testing stages.
In any case, we should learn more about Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 at MWC in early March. We’ll be in attendance to bring you at first-hand look should anything be available.