A new set of information coming a leaked documents suggests that Microsoft won’t be releasing Windows Phone 9 before the fourth quarter of 2015. Before that, in Q2 or Q3, the preview version will be available to select group of developers, with final releasing coming by the end of the year.
This would give us around 16 months between major releases, only somewhat faster than the 17 months between Windows Phone 8 (October 2012) and Windows Phone 8.1 (May 2014). Considering the competitive landscape of the mobile industry, we’re not sure that’s soon enough. Then again, we would assume some in-between update will be released; think: Windows Phone 8.2 or 8.5.
In any case, the next version of Microsoft’s mobile platform will be released alongside the “regular” Windows 9 and yes, we expect that the two platforms are more tightly integrated, allowing developers to create apps that work across platforms and devices. As far as I’m concerned, that would be a dream come true; what do you say?