There’s a storm coming, a storm of firmware upgrades. While few can deny that Windows Phone 8.1 has been long overdue, it seems Microsoft is already thinking far ahead for its mobile OS.

A new report claims that the company has planned at least two, maybe even three updates for its mobile operating system. Two are on track for 2014, while the third one could be released in early 2015, right before the next major version of Windows Phone is launched.

It is worth mentioning that the next major version of Windows Phone (some call it Windows Phone 9) is on track for launch alongside Windows 9, codenamed Threshold.

This interesting bit of information is coming from unnamed sources, of course.

And yes, the updates are likely to be named GDR1, GDR2 and GDR3 in order to offer users of Windows Phone powered smartphones new features, bug fixes and other such improvements and enhancements. Small changes, though, nothing major, as is usually the case with these firmware updates.

As we reported earlier, Microsoft is on track to complete final development work on Windows Phone 8.1 in around one week. April 14 is the big day.

A developer preview of the operating system is expected to be released soon after that, while end users will start getting Windows Phone 8.1 on their devices later this summer, depending on when the wireless carriers start their upgrade engines.

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  1. I look forward to using Developer Preview to test out all these GDR

  2. I love the age of constant updates to software. Keeps everyone happy! I hope this continues into the future.

    • You’re right, Ted. I think Microsoft like other companies are learning that people care more about up to date software than cool hardware. Jake’s comment alludes to that.

      • Bill Franklin / April 8, 2014 at 1:33 pm /Reply

        I agree, Sally. That’s the thing Apple somehow gets away with. Release a new phone with one minor change and similar hardware and sell millions. People flock to thing for no reason sometimes, but for me, if the software is good, count me in.

  3. April 14th is the deadline as you mentioned for final development work. They hit their mark with the update today, so let’s hope they do that with this also.

  4. Keep the software updated, and I won’t feel the need to constantly update the hardware. I like it.

  5. These 3 updates should lead right up to windows 9. It seems like they have this all planned out.

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