Monday, January 13, 2014

GDR 2 Update On Windows Phone 8

Microsoft rolled out the new Windows Phone 8 mobile OS update that incorporates support for Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) CardDAV and CalDAV calendar as well as contact syncing protocols. The new update will allow Windows Phone 8 users to access Gmail messaging an scheduling services.

Even though Microsoft had announced the Windows Phone 8 General Distribution Release 2 update over a week ago everyone was surprised with the support for CardDAV and CalDAV which was not disclosed. Google had announced their plans to terminate support for Microsoft’s Exchange ActiveSync by the end of January. The deadline was later extended till July 31. Microsoft was quick in action and relented to the demands of Google. If they didn’t comply Windows Phone 8 users would have been left only with IMAP email support on Gmail which would have made calendars and contact sync non-operational.

The GDR2 is a recent update which was highlighted by the FM radio restoration support which had been absent ever since the launch of Windows Phone 8 in late 2012. Also in the update is Xbox Music improvements that provide much more accurate metadata. The update also claims a Data Sense app tracking service as well as improvements in stability in traditional apps like Internet Explorer. The update has already been delivered to HTC 8X and Samsung Ativ S Windows Phones.

Microsoft is apparently working on another Windows Phone 8 update but this will have much more improvements and additions than GDR2. The Verge reports that the new update will have a notification center, increased multitasking and additional improvements to built-in applications. Expected the early 2014 the Windows Phone Blue many expect that Microsoft may chose to back port some features in the update to later in the year. All ported features would be Capable of supporting hardware shipping in 2013 and should probably arrive at the requests of manufacturing partner Nokia.

Microsoft’s Windows Phones have been quite popular and the Redmond Company reported a fiscal fourth quarter earnings of $18.1 billion. The Entertainment and Devices Division saw an increase in revenue by over $134 million credited to the Windows Phone 8. This is a growth of over $222 million as compared to statistics over a year ago. This was largely due to patent licensing revenue and sales of Windows Phone licenses however, some gains had to offset revenues in the Xbox gaming platform department.

If you are experiencing any trouble with the new update on Windows Phones check up with Microsoft help and support. The Microsoft help and support team are quick at dispensing reliable and sustainable solutions. 

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