Microsoft Confirms Windows Phone 8.1, Dual SIM And On-Screen Keys Coming

Redmond made a gun blazing appearance at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain earlier today, officially confirming what we all know. Windows Phone 8 is set to receive a major update in just a few months.

Joe Belfiore was the man of the moment, and said that the upcoming mobile OS is designed to provide users with new experiences — the least of which is support for dual SIM hardware.

Users will have full control of the two SIM cards, with the platform featuring different Live Tiles for each of the cards. The new mobile operating system will also offer expanded hardware support, including a broader range of Qualcomm processors like the Snapdragon 200, 400 and 400 LTE.

Another big change that was confirmed for Windows Phone 8.1 was support for on-screen keys.

What this means is that the three front buttons on handsets will no longer have to be physical. In fact, as the company confirmed, a dedicated camera button will no longer be required.

Apps could soon be stored on microSD cards, and Windows Phone 8.1 will also add support for more connectivity, as well as enhancements for devices with only 4GB of internal memory and 512MB RAM.

This is called expanding the horizons, people!

The only thing Microsoft did not do was unveil a new smartphone — other than that it treated Windows fans to all they needed to know about the future of their favorite mobile platform.