Alleged Windows Phone 8.2 features revealed by anonymous Microsoft employee

Alleged Windows Phone 8.2 features revealed by anonymous Microsoft employee
A Reddit post by a person claiming to be a long-time Microsoft employee, reveals what he says are some of the features for Windows Phone 8.2. Better back up the salt truck, because this is going to require more than just a grain of salt to take. We should point out that the author recently deleted his Reddit account, which could indicate some fear about getting into trouble at Microsoft. The source says that he works at Microsoft as a developer in the core operating systems group. He says that his work goes on Windows Phone, Windows 8.x, XBOX One, Windows Server, and some "new stuff".

According to this alleged Microsoft employee, Microsoft will speed up update cycles with feature updates taking place every six to eight months and major updates coming every year or two. He says that Windows Phone 8.2 or 9, will be launched in eight to ten months. One feature will allow you to give out a password to your Inner Circle that will allow them to get a text message through even if you have your Do Not Disturb setting enabled. If you have notifications muted, you can arrange for a code to be included in a text that will generate some sound, or vibration to attract your attention. You can also arrange to have the Do Not Disturb setting become disabled if a particular contact tries to call you three times.

According to this anonymous Microsoft employee, a future update to Windows Phone will add support for other video chat services besides Skype, and the next update will allow a Windows Phone user to change the default SMS settings. He also says that Facebook will be removed from the messaging hub, and added that Microsoft has an interesting way to close the search gap between Google and Bing.

As we said, read this with a cynical eye, and keep in mind that the tipster's post has been deleted from Reddit.

source: Reddit via WPCentral

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27 Comments

1. 12Danny123

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 18, 2012

I'm quite impressed that Microsoft is attending to release another major update only 6 months after WP8.1. could be minor with WP8 amount of features but still

9. sgodsell

Posts: 6876; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Microsoft is only doing this to make it look like they are updating quickly. They haven't even released WP 8.1 yet. That won't be released to the public until July time frame. Its basically a cry out from Microsoft to the world. Hey see we are here updating WP we have this and that. Meanwhile its basically still trying to catch up to Android. Even Nokia released 3 forked Android phones running with only Microsoft apps and services because WP 8.1 wasn't ready. With WP 8.1 it now supports CPUs that are cortex-A5/A7 and has support for dual sims. Not to mention Microsoft has made WP free to OEMs. WP only sold in the last quarter 8.8 million WP devices globally, Android sold 226 million phones, Apple sold 51 million iPhones.

14. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

keep calm and wait for 9 days.

15. papss unregistered

Cute... Hey guys we have a butt hurt fandroid.. say hi

20. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Nice try, trying to draw attention away from the information/fact, that user is stating.

21. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Exactly the reason I don't waist much time on PA anymore.. Lol!

24. g2a5b0e unregistered

Either that or all the time you've spent banned from posting on the site, right? Still need to work on that grammar, buddy. I thought we went over this already. Waste, not waist.

25. radion

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 06, 2014

@papss Well, it's better than a Microshat hooligan.

26. radion

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 06, 2014

Well, it's better than a Microshat hooligan.

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

And now MS will conduct another witch hunt to find the leaker. Thumb-up to send a message to MS that reading employee e-mails is wrong!

3. 12Danny123

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 18, 2012

MS doesn't check emails anymore you idiot. Shows how dumb people can be sometimes /rolls eyes

27. radion

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 06, 2014

LOL "Doesn't check emails anymore". Are you for real, dude? The mere fact that Microsoft Goons even looked at a bloggers emails and documents is something that they will never shake. They're nothing but low life hypocrites. And to think these jerk-offs had the audacity to run FUD ads against Google while they were manually looking through emails.

6. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

You need to keep up with the flow of information buddy, MS has already said that they will go through law enforcement, where were you?. Meanwhile over at Google no response.

19. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

And what is to prevent MS from filing a complaint alleging employee leaking?

4. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

people have to wait 10 months +whatever time they take to roll it out for this???

5. 12Danny123

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 18, 2012

Threshold fully unifies WP, Xbox and Windows. I think it's big deal for developers

10. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

o no...i didnt mean that for all the new features...i meant for that non disturbance and the facebook thing...i thot developers cud do that in like a week max...

12. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

and another thing...ppl have gotten used to that 6 month update cycle by android so much that i think ms will have to reduce it a lil more...specially that major updates coming in 2 years?? may be they mean differently when they say major...like maybe they plan real overhauls of interfaces and all...but they have to come up with some smaller updates and that too a lil 'glamorously' cos if they dont give the smaller updates much significance,ppl will tend to believe that they actually update only once in 1-2 years

16. papss unregistered

Like Google has brought a big update in a good while.. all have been small tweeks. Don't pretend to act like Google is a saint.

22. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Google has made major changes to apps through Play Store, can't really compare. Besides, Android is far ahead in terms of functionality, WP has a ton of catching up to do, when Android was starting out, Google was throwing out updates really quickly.

23. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Im not...i know that the last big update from google was 4.1 that too because of the fluidity and smoothness...that's y i wrote that ms need to do it glamorously...because thats wat google does....it even makes the small updates look grand and generally people think that theres a major update every 6 mnths even if there may not be...

7. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

that's new and interesting unlike most of windows 8.1 features that seems like Microsoft is just playing catch up game with ios and android

8. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

This needed to happen. The lack of updates for windows has been holding it back.

11. hurrycanger

Posts: 1755; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

These features sound good to me.

13. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

These new features sound great, if true. MSFT is really stepping up their game. I like what I'm seeing. Can't wait for WP8.1 and beyond.

17. papss unregistered

M$ is bringing a huge update with 8.1. This should be the focus right now. I already think mobile IE is better than chrome so this will be icing on the cake.

18. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I agree, I'm using chrome for YouTube and music...but for serious things like mails, payments and to log in to my dev account I'm using Internet Explorer.

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