Windows Phone 8.1 has been barely rolled out officially, but according to reports, Microsoft is already working on Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 (General Distribution Release) update that is likely to launch sometime this Summer or early Fall alongside new hardware, followed by GDR2 in 2014 end.
Microsoft is doing internal testing of Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1. According to these reports, Microsoft’s own developers are in the latter phases of internal testing. The phase called “dogfooding,” is where Microsoft’s own developers are using the platform on their own devices and are preparing for a release later this year. As of yet, there is no information available about the various enhancements that are going to be incorporated with this update.
The next update to Windows, which would be called either Windows 8.2 or Windows 8.1 Update 2 is also getting close to release. Previous rumors suggest that Windows 8.2 will reach RTM in July and it may be released in August or September this year.
Further, Microsoft Windows 9 is also being shared across more divisions within the company and the development team is “on track” for a release in 2015. A recently leaked official document posted by Myce, states that Microsoft is planning preview releases for both Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9 in Q2 or Q3 of 2015. Earlier rumors have hinted that Windows 9 may be released at the next Microsoft Build Developers’ Conference in April 2015.