Microsoft readying “Apollo Plus” update for Windows Phone 8, coming in Q1 2013

By damaster | Posted November 26, 2012 8 comments

So Windows Phone 8 was launched almost exactly a month ago, and devices running the new operating system is already on sale in many countries worldwide. Whilst users are still enjoying their brand new devices, today details about the upcoming update has leaked to the web. According to @Football4PDA from XDA-Developers, who accurately leaked details about the HTC 8X prior to its launch, Microsoft is currently readying an update codenamed “Apollo Plus” for Windows Phone 8:

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This rumor was then shortly supported by The Verge, who via separate sources also confirmed the existence of the “Apollo Plus” update. According to the website, the update won’t be a major update, but rather a “point update” aimed to push fixes and features, much like the previous “NoDo” update for Windows Phone 7. Below is an excerpt from The Verge indicating what is to be expected in the update:

We’re 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. A Wi-Fi connection fix is also planned to let connections always remain on, alongside some 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.

Microsoft previously admitted that they had “ran out of time” for a notification center feature for Windows Phone 8, and it remains to be seen whether this will make it as part of “Apollo Plus”. If all goes according to plan, Microsoft is expected to unveil the new update during Mobile World Congress during 25 February 2013, and the update is expected to become available over-the-air to devices in Q1 2013.

(Image courtesy of The Verge)

Posted November 26th, 2012 at 2:10 pm
  • lyleis

    Is the lack of LED notifications, so one doesn’t have to look at the phone to see new messages, a hardware or software issue. Or rather, a hardware issue dictated by the software not supporting it?

    • Shameer Mulji

      lack of LED notification is hardware issue.

      • eli_lilly

        Any of the 3 backlit keys at the bottom could be blinked for msg notification.

  • lyleis

    Is the lack of LED notifications, so one doesn’t have to look at the phone to see new messages, a hardware or software issue. Or rather, a hardware issue dictated by the software not supporting it?

    • http://twitter.com/shameermulji Shameer Mulji

      lack of LED notification is hardware issue.

      • http://profiles.google.com/jeffdafoe Jeff Dafoe

        Any of the 3 backlit keys at the bottom could be blinked for msg notification.

  • http://twitter.com/pmbAustin pmbAustin

    A notification center is the main thing WP8 is missing.
    Another small thing I need is the ability to schedule calendar events for “every other week”.
    More and deeper voice commands for included apps would be nice.
    And finally… Xbox Video compatibility and integration.

  • http://twitter.com/pmbAustin pmbAustin

    A notification center is the main thing WP8 is missing.
    Another small thing I need is the ability to schedule calendar events for “every other week”.
    More and deeper voice commands for included apps would be nice.
    And finally… Xbox Video compatibility and integration.