Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 might have been cancelled in favor of Windows 10


If rumors are to be believed, we will never see a Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2, as Microsoft is reportedly merging the improvements, enhancements, and fixes that it is supposed to bring inside the upcoming mobile version of Windows 10. It's also speculated that the cancelling of this firmware update might fortunately speed up the ETA of Windows 10.

This also means that certain expected features of WP 8.1 Update 2, such as the Bluetooth-related MAP, HID 1.1, HOGP, and Absolute Volume Control goodies, might not make it to Windows Phone 8.1 devices at all. Fortunately though, this will probably land alongside the upcoming Windows 10 for mobile.

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 already landed for some devices. It brought Cortana, swipe-enabled keyboard, Action Center, background images on Live Tiles, and others.

What's your opinion - should Microsoft release its second update for Windows Phone 8.1 or cancel it altogether and reallocate its software engineers towards a speedier Windows 10 update?

source: WMPoweruser

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16 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They should just stop making OSes at this rate. It is the one thing their company was founded on and they can't even do that right. Yes they should release the update and properly support the nightmare people bought because they thought it was a decent product. Yes we need windows 10 to fix the formerly mentioned nightmare but that also needs to happen along with the 8.1-2, it is the only fair thing to do for paying customers.

3. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

And they will, windows windows 10..

13. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

same thing was said about windows phone 8 .. they dropped the ball then lets hope windows 10 can change that

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Nightmare? Only in terms of sales does it lack, of course MS doesnt control apps, and in reality they are the easiest to code for especially now that they support native C++.

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Smoked by windows, err Burnt by Windows seems more appropriate.

15. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

While in general I would agree that they should complete the WP 8 life cycle while 10 is being developed, there are two factors to consider here: 1) Any remaining updates to WP 8.1 will be minor. People will spend more time waiting for them than appreciating any changes. 2) It is speculated that Microsoft will be launching a preview of Windows 10 for phones on January 21st. This would be open to all current WP 8 users, and would clearly bring more to the table than any possible remaining 8.1 updates. So, if W10 is indeed going to be available to all WP8 users, and a preview version of it is going to be available in short order, then I would be able to forgive them for focusing their resources exclusively (or at least 95%) on W10.

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

No biggie Windows 10 is suppose to be 100% free for Windows 8 users. So I am told.

4. shamrock

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

so you're told.. let's wait and watch

5. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

MS ppl stated such already

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice bring it on. And make windows 10 free.

9. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Its better to not build the bridge in the first place, Then to just burn it down shortly after like MS does.

16. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

How is the bridge being burned when all WP8 users will receive Windows 10? That sounds like the opposite to me. A more apt analogy might be something like "it's better to complete the train tracks between Point A and Point B before starting to lay down the tracks between Point B and Point C."

11. unklmik

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 01, 2014

If it did , indeed, facilitate a quicker release of 10 then skip it.

12. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

this would make Windows 10 smart phones a stronger item to sell in the market place. Microsoft's New Universal apps which will be used in Windows phone 10 is what I hope will inspire more apps makers to make more apps for Windows touch screen device's including Windows smart phones.

14. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

Microsoft is calling the OS Windows 10 because it already ran out of 9 lives. Too little too late. Pity because I actually liked Windows Phone but had to swiitch due to the app deficit and the fact that Microsoft is always about 2 years behind the curve with Android, iOS and to a certain extent Blackberry with features and innovation.

17. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Why bother with 8.2 when 10 is so near? Good move, I say. I'm sure androiders and iphonies with older models (and newer, there are still new android devices coming with those two) would rather have lollipop and Ios8 than be such on jellybean/kitkat or ios6/7 if they were offered the option.

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