Windows Phone 9, Rumors, Release Date & News

By on September 17, 2014 | 2:15 pm
The anticipated new look for the Windows 9 Phone
September 17, 2014 | 2:15 pm

It is rumored that Microsoft plans to introduce the new Windows 9 preview operating system for desktop and laptop computers later this month, but it is speculated that the company will have many more surprises in store for its users.

It’s no surprise that a Windows Phone 9 preview is also being developed, and sources believe that a preview build could be released as early as January 2015.

The popular site NokiaPowerUser has stated that Windows Phone 9 preview is currently in the works alongside other updates for Windows Phone 8, and could be available as a free download in the next few months.

Microsoft is hoping to use the same strategy for Windows Phone 9 as it plans to use for Windows 9, allowing users to try out the operating system for a month or two before an official unveiling. However, it is not yet clear whether both Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9 will be launched in April 2015, but it is believed that is the plan Microsoft are working on.

Rumors of New Phablet Features

It is believed that Windows Phone 9 preview will include many new features, but many will be removed or tweaked before the final public release.

Sources state that a split-screen multitasking feature may be included, and will work in a similar way to the Windows 8 snap view mode. This could be extremely useful for users with larger displays who perform multiple tasks at the same time.

Considering Microsoft is planning to merge Windows Phone with Windows RT, this feature would be extremely useful if the combined platform is installed on a device with a larger screen.

At the moment, this feature is expected to be available on devices with 4.9-inch or larger screens, which means that many of the Lumia smart phones will not get it.

Offered on All Windows Phone 8 Devices

One of the most important rumors related to the launch of Windows Phone 9 preview is that it will likely include support for all devices that are currently running Windows Phone 8. This means that almost every device currently available should be able to meet the requirements, including the affordable Nokia Lumia 520.

However, not all devices are expected to have the same features available. The lower-end phones may lack the multitasking feature, and possibly some other features that are specifically designed for the high-end devices.

Although the scheduled Sept. 30 Microsoft launch event is expected to focus mainly on Windows 9 for computers, Microsoft might share a few more details regarding Windows 9 phone.

Obviously, at this time everything is speculation and rumor. We will not know exactly what Microsoft has planned until their Sept. 30 announcements, and even then they may decide to keep us in the dark regarding Windows Phone 9. However, it is pretty safe to say that a major upgrade to the Windows Phone operating system is in the works and we will hopefully see an official launch sometime next year.

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