New Version of Windows Phone to Launch This Year

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Microsoft looks to be lining up another iteration of its mobile platform for release before Christmas, if the details of a job advert which has appeared on the software giant’s website are to be believed.

In a post seeking software development engineers to join the company, the Redmond company wrote: “This is a great time to join, as we’re completing our current release (and) are getting ready for our next release targeting the holiday of this year”.

A senior Microsoft staff member has also indicated that the firm is busy working on a new version of Windows Phone in an interview.

Speaking to tech site Pocket-Lint at Mobile World Congress 2013, Greg Sullivan, senior product manager of Windows Phone, also said that the company is going to be coy about announcements of new products in the future, adding: “We are taking a different approach on the announcements this year”.

Last year’s news that older Windows Phone handsets such as the Nokia Lumia 900 wouldn’t be getting an upgrade to WP8 hampered sales of the devices, something that Microsoft is clearly keen to avoid.

The firm has also run into trouble recently after news emerged that the roll out of Windows Phone 7.8 has halted due to unspecified problems. WP7.8 is an upgrade to the early WP7 platform that introduces some WP8 features to handsets which aren’t compatible with the more recent OS.

Sullivan also claimed that three times as many people are walking into mobile phone stores and asking for a Windows Phone as they were at this time last year, with four times as many people actually purchasing one.

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