There are a number of really nice devices that run on the Windows Phone platform. However, after three years since it was first released, Microsoft’s mobile platform hasn’t exactly taken the smartphone market by storm. Even the revamped Windows Phone 8 wasn’t able to perform significantly better than its predecessors. Rumor has it that Microsoft has created a working group for Windows Phone 9, which is going to be a major platform update that the company is going to build essentially from square one.
This working group has reportedly been tasked with redesigning the Metro UI, which can presumably be replaced as well for something else. Metro UI has been praised a lot, but it hasn’t exactly brought in new users for the platform. They’ve also been told to create a single OS for tablets and smartphones, the group’s recommendations are expected to be presented to the management this fall. Windows Phone 9 launch might take place in 2015. At the moment, no details regarding the UI redesign or feature set of WP9 are available. Microsoft’s alleged plans of rebuilding the entire platform are similar to BlackBerry’s efforts, which is still having trouble in regaining market share despite releasing an entirely new BlackBerry 10 platform.