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Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 documents reveal new changes in a future update

All eyes are on Windows 10 for phone these days, even for Microsoft, who have shifted development to focus on the new OS. Reports going back to April 2014 note that Windows Phone 8.1 was to have at least two GDR (General Distribution Release) updates over its lifespan. Windows Phone 8.1.1 came out last year, but the fate of GDR2 (8.1.2) or Update 2 was not so clear.

Now, Microsoft has published documents on Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 dated January 28, 2015. Usually, such information is put behind a firewall and is limited to manufacturing partners only – that is, these docs do not reflect consumer-facing features and may be hidden again.

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Update: Well that was extremely quick. Tickets for Build 2015 have now sold out. Microsoft is still taking signups to be included on the waitlist, however.

Original story: As it promised last week, Microsoft has begun accepting registrations for its Build 2015 developers conference. The event will be held at San Francisco's Moscone Center from April 29 to May 1.

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Microsoft's Tech Days Online event is returning to the UK in 2015 for the fourth consecutive year running. The event will offer multiple sessions for anyone to tune into, covering a wide range of topics from Microsoft Azure to cross-platform development. If you fancy learning something new, we recommend you check the sessions out on February 3-5, 2015.

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Last week we took notice of a new offering on the Windows Phone Store called Gunhouse that takes elements from puzzle and tower defense games. This is the first time I've seen this style and Necrosoft, the developers of the game, mixed the elements perfectly. Surprisingly, this beautiful and unique title is not available on iOS or Android. The only other system you'll find it on is the PlayStation Vita, another underdog platform.

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Microsoft will be making a new push to close the 'app gap' that currently exists between its Modern apps for Windows and Windows Phone and apps made for iOS and Android by attracting more independent software vendors (ISVs). However, a new report claims that Microsoft is still considering an option that could allow Android apps to run in Windows 10.

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Microsoft has announced today the acquisition of Stuttgart, Germany-based company HockeyApp, which provides Windows Phone, iOS and Android developers with detailed app crash reports, along with a way to distribute beta versions of those apps. The specific financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed in the announcement.

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