Windows Phone reportedly getting Windows 8.1-style overhaul next year

Windows Phone 8.1 Release Date 2014

Now that Microsoft has unveiled its plan to overhaul Windows 8 later this year, you might think that it’s only a matter of time before it does the same thing to its Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system. But The Verge reports that a Windows 8.1-style overhaul for Windows Phone isn’t likely to debut until 2014 since the company is now in “shut up and ship” mode for current Windows Phone 8 devices. When the update does arrive next year it will reportedly include “a notification center, improved multitasking, and changes to built-in apps” as well as “a rotation lock option.” The Verge’s sources say that Microsoft had originally planned to issue several smaller updates to Windows Phone but that problems with ironing out bugs forced the company to issue one bigger update next year instead.

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