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The tech site WMPoweruser has an interesting glimpse into the future of Windows Phone today, posting what it describes as a leaked roadmap laying out a schedule and highlights for future updates of Microsoft’s mobile platform.

The interim update known as Tango, making Windows Phone available on lower-priced devices, is scheduled for the second quarter of the year, according to the roadmap (which the site describes as current as of this past October). The bigger update known as Apollo, which could be a reference to Windows Phone 8, is set for the fourth quarter of 2012.

On the roadmap, the three bullet points for the Apollo release are “Increase overall volume,” “Competitive Superphones” and “Business.”

Although not described in the roadmap, “superphones” are most likely a reference to devices with dual-core processors and support for 4G LTE networks, as previewed by former Microsoft mobile chief Andy Lees in an interview with AllThingsD in October.

One of the big questions is whether Microsoft will be too late. Handsets including the iPhone already have dual cores, and plenty of Android devices are already running on LTE.

Related coverage: VentureBeat, The Verge and TechMeme.


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