Apollo Plus to be the first update to Windows Phone 8, bringing VPN, Wi-Fi and audio fixes in Q1 2013
Windows Phone 8 is hardly the best of what Microsoft can offer in terms of mobile software at the moment. The Redmond-based giant even acknowledged that it didn’t have time to add, say, a notification center to its latest effort (since apparently you can’t code that in just one year).
Obviously though, WP8 is going to get some updates. Aside from those meant just to fix bugs, there will be new features added via ‘point’ releases (think WP8.1, 8.2, and so on). The first one of those is codenamed Apollo Plus (which makes sense, since WP8 itself had the codename Apollo), and is due out in the first quarter of next year (so before the end of March).
Microsoft will apparently detail everything there is to know about Apollo Plus at Mobile World Congress at the end of Feburary.
For now, rumored features to make it into Apollo Plus include support for VPNs, letting Wi-Fi stay connected even while the screen is off (this seriously took Microsoft this long to fix), and audio improvements. Apollo Plus will be the first software update that will be delivered by Microsoft over-the-air, testing its new infrastructure.
We’ll bring you more details about Apollo Plus as we get them.