The next release of Windows Phone dubbed "Windows Phone Blue" is targeted for the upcoming holiday season releases.
Windows Phone Blue, which is suggested to tie Microsoft's platforms such as Windows 8, Windows Phone, and Windows RT, will allow a new programming interface, kernel updates, and other minor user interface enhancements.
Microsoft has yet to say about this 'release'--but a new job listing dated Feb 27, 2013 on Microsoft Careers site mentions:
"This is a great time to join as we're completing our current release are getting ready for our next release targeting the holiday of this year and we're chartered with keeping the momentum for Windows Phone by bringing new killer devices and delightful user experiences. There are enormous growth opportunities in this role and organization," reads the job posting.
Meanwhile, check the following two new Microsoft Windows Phone videos from Nokia UK showcasing photo tips and live tiles.
In the first video below "Exposure" - you will find Lumia Photography tips from Rankin Film Productions with some really useful tips about how to improve your photos in different lighting conditions
"Alex from Rankin Film Productions explains digital exposure value on your Lumia and shows you how to improve your photos based on different lighting conditions."
…and this short one from Windows Phone UK - about Live tiles:
Update: A Russian tech-expert, Eldar, has reported of having seen a new Lumia device made from aluminium during the MWC in Barcelona.
The device is codenamed "Catwalk)" "will be a highly popular device and may boost Windows Phone to the point that the ecosystem starts to get some real attention," writes Eldar.
Apart from the look and feel, the device may also feature a further-improved camera and a few other tweaks.
Also, Joe Belfiore, head of the Windows Phone division, in a tweet mentioned of upcoming bug fixes and updates that the mobile operating system will receive. Belfiore specifically mentioned Skype would be getting an upgrade and that it will finally be integrated in to the People Hub.
Windows Phone 8 would also be getting fix for "other" storage issues reported by some owners that the on-board storage space are being taken up by something labeld as "other", and its has rendered their phones "unusable."
Belfiore responded a customer who tweeted a message to him stating, "Other" storage: some improvements coming in future updates, it will get better. Try turn-off skydrive auto-photo upload."
However, he avoided when the updates will be available. The last such bug fix update, codename Portico, started its roll out to some phones in January.
@shounencritiic on "Other" storage: some improvements coming in future updates, it will get better. Try turn-off skydrive auto-photo upload.-- joebelfiore (@joebelfiore) March 2, 2013
In other news, a new report claims that the Nokia Lumia 920's successor would be thinner and lighter and will sport a aluminium body.
Update 03/13: Once again references has been found confirming that Microsoft is indeed working on Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9.
In a posting for a Bing Software Development Engineer, Microsoft calls out for engineers who will be working on Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) and Windows 9.
Also, iSoftStone claims to have worked on a month long project for Windows Phone 9 related to the deployment of XAP/APPX applications.
Finally, an employee at Microsoft stated (via) in her profile that she is working on the Windows 9 OS for Nokia, HTC and Qualcomm devices.