A new report by Neowin cites sources within Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) as stating that employees have begun widespread internal testing — so-called “dogfooding” — of two new versions of Windows. Dogfooding generally implies tests where employees not only test a product in limited groups or controlled settings, but distribute it to thousands of employees who use it for their day to day activities. An example of this was Ford Motor Comp.’s (F) internal betas of its updates to MyFord Touch.
I. Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1
At Microsoft, employees (who often have company-provided Windows Phones) have begun to receive Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 1, according to the report. GDR 1 stands for “General Distribution 1”. The current version of Windows Phone — Windows Phone 8.1 — is in the process of slowly being rolled out to Windows Phone 8 users via updates.
Windows 8.1 — Microsoft’s latest desktop OS — has seen three such internal “GDR” builds, which transformed into “Update” builds upon release. For example, the previous distribution — Windows Phone 8 Update 3 — was tested internally as Windows Phone 8 GDR 3. Likewise Windows 8.1 Update 1 was tested as Windows 8.1 GDR 1. So it’s safe to expect that Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1, barring