Microsoft Developing Apollo+ Update For Windows Phone 8 – Arriving Early Next Year?

By Prarthito Maity , Nov 27, 2012 10:09 AM EST

Microsoft has been in news for quite some time for a host of reasons. Starting with the arrival of Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and finally the rumors regarding the highly-anticipated Windows 7.8. The Redmond-based company is now said to be working on a brand new Windows Phone 8 update called Apollo+.

While the web is eagerly waiting for a specific release date or any upcoming features that are set to arrive with the Windows Phone 7.8, the new rumor stating the development of Apollo+ has now taken over most of the web space with different rumors and expectations.

The news comes from Twitter user Football4PDA, who has been the source of good information in the past, especially when there’s any rumor on HTC models. This time, however, he’s set his sights on Windows Phone 8, and Microsoft’s plans for the release of its first update.

Football4PDA tweets: “MS is going to roll out update for WP8 which is called Apollo+ in Q1 2013...”

According to him, the company is working on preparing it for distribution sometime in the first quarter of next year. Apparently, the company won’t be naming it anything fancy as such, and as Windows Phone 8 had the codename Apollo, this update will simply be called “Apollo+”.

A WMPoweruser report states: “An Spring update after a Fall release has in fact been the usual pattern for the Windows Phone division, although the Apollo + moniker suggests we may also see some new features – maybe that delayed Notification Centre?”

Per The Verge, the Web site has been told that Microsoft “is preparing to include VPN support in Windows Phone, a missing option since the reset of Microsoft's mobile OS efforts, that will allow corporate users to connect to work systems — this feature may make it into the first Apollo Plus update.”

Also, it is being said that a Wi-Fi connection fix has also been planned to let connections always remain on, alongside some other audio improvements. “Apollo Plus will also test Microsoft's ability to deliver Windows Phone 8 updates over-the-air, a change from the previous OS that required users to plug devices into PCs to get similar updates.”

It is believed that Microsoft will shed more light on Apollo+ at Mobile World Congress in February.

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