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Microsoft to release Windows Phone 8 Apollo Plus next year

Tipped to be shown at MWC, arrive late next year
Tue Nov 27 2012, 10:31
HTC Windows Phone 8X screen

SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft will release an update for its Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system called "Apollo Plus" in 2013, according to reports.

Set to be released after Microsoft's anticipated Windows Phone 7.8 update, which is supposed to arrive any day now, Apollo Plus is touted to bring new features to the Microsoft's latest smartphone operating system.

Amongst these features is Virtual Private Network (VPN) support, which means Windows Phone users will be able to connect to private work or school networks. The Verge reports that the Windows Phone 8 update will also deliver over the air (OTA) updates, audio improvements and a WiFi connection fix to let connections remain always on.

There are also rumours that the incremental update might add a Notification Center to Windows Phone, a feature that Microsoft has admitted it didn't have time to finish previously.

Speculation suggests that Microsoft will show off Windows Phone 8 Apollo Plus at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February, hinting that it will be released towards the end of the third quarter next year.

Microsoft was unavailable for comment at the time of publication. µ


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