Several industry experts have predicted that 2014 would be the breakthrough year for Windows Phone. However, looks like the biggest fair of mobile players would not witness any Windows Phone this year. Yes, it looks like Microsoft may not reveal any new products at Mobile World Congress, which is the one stop destination for all the mobile players showcasing what their plans are for the coming calendar year.
According to the report published by re/code, there would be no new Windows Phone software or hardware announcement in Barcelona. The event, which is likely to see an Android powered Nokia device will see Microsoft only talk broadly about the plans it has for the future when it takes stage for the official press event.
The report goes on to further say, “Microsoft has a media event planned for Sunday, but it isn’t expected to go into detail on the next version of Windows Phone and is likely to talk only in broad strokes about the future of its phone effort.”
Instead, Microsoft is likely to keep all the announcements for it’s annual developer’s conference which is the Build conference in April this year which will see the debut of Windows Phone 8.1. It has been rumored for a while that Windows Phone 8.1 would be a major update which would see the likes of a standalone Notification center, changeable background colors for home screen as well as on screen navigation keys.
It is being feared though, that a no show in Barcelona may have detrimental effect on the little momentum that Nokia and Microsoft have built in the previous year as the market share definitely saw a little growth for Windows Phone. With several of the smaller players being very active at MWC, this would have been a great platform for MS to bring more OEMs on board for it’s Windows Phone platform, but looks like the focus is on getting things absolutely perfect before expanding horizontally.