Windows Phone 8.1 will be Back Compatible

Nokia Lumia 925 UI

Something of a minor announcement, but one that’s significant nonetheless, came from Microsoft at Mobile World Congress.

With the software giant having quite a small presence at the event, there isn’t much big news expected to come regarding the firm’s mobile platform. However, users have been greeted with the news that the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 software will be back compatible with all existing Windows Phone 8 handsets.

The firm made an unusual move in the past when it brought in its Windows Phone 7.5 platform, with many compatibility problems for existing users. There won’t be a repeat of this, and high-end handsets such as the Nokia Lumia 1020, along with budget ones like the Lumia 620, should all see the refreshed software.

So far we have few other details about Windows Phone 8.1 other than it will be launched sometime in the spring. While Microsoft’s mobile OS has struggled to gain traction amongst the smartphone-buying public, it has made some progress, and a slew of new software features will no doubt help it along its way.

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