There’s no mistaking the fact that, despite Windows Phone 8’s extensive feature set and countless improvements over its predecessor, there were a few notable omissions in the final product. Microsoft admitted that it ran out of time to bring a new notification centre to the OS, and basic enterprise features like VPN support were also omitted at launch.
To that end, the company plans to introduce a software update, currently dubbed “Apollo+”, early next year, likely during Mobile World Congress in February. Also expected to make an appearance in the update, which may be the first to use Microsoft’s new over-the-air infrastructure, will be fixes for WiFi disconnecting when the screen is turned off, corrections for audio glitches, and the possibility of notification improvements.
Canada is still in the early days of its Windows Phone 8 launch, having seen a successful rollout of the Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8X, the latter on both Rogers and Bell. And while we don’t have Canadian sales figures, we’ve heard that the Lumia is selling quite briskly in the United States and in its native Finland. By the time the Apollo Plus update makes an appearance, we’ll hopefully have a more robust app ecosystem as well.