So you all have heard the news. Or shall I say gossip? Microsoft have maintained the policy of absolute silence about where the upcoming versions of its two leading platforms are heading.
But there has been enough chitchat about Windows 8.1 Update 1 and Windows Phone 8.1.
The mobile platform looks like it is about to go from sedatives to steroids. And that’s all good. It was due a detailed look. I bet it’s going to hit the competitors in the pocket with some of the reported features that Microsoft is set to include in Windows Phone 8.1.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of Update 1, which is just shaping up to be a feature pack release; a minor feature pack release at that.
Sure there are small (read: much needed) tweaks here and there, some UI enhancements, and some necessary groundwork for future advances. But I’ll be darned if what we have seen so far cannot be coded over a week, what with the thousands of software engineers working at Microsoft.
Heck, with the right paperwork, many of these enhancements can be coded in over a weekend. This is not something that requires 4 months of work. Not something that should require 4 months of work.
For the detractors Update 1 looks to be as interesting as a sleeping pill on screen.
Few will become converts based on these small improvements.
That is unless, Microsoft have been keeping the real goods secret. There have been enough hints here that the company might be saving it for BUILD. We are yet to see lengthy blog posts doing a features breakdown as with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
There are doubts that even the two leaked builds were not RTM final.
If Windows 8.1 Update 1 does indeed bring around more than what the eyes have seen, then it would be quite a sight. If not, then as they say, no money, no honey.