Microsoft has actually just taken the covers off the eagerly-awaited Windows Phone 8.1 upgrade, and as expected, it packs a host of new and exciting attributes that should help bring Microsoft’s fledgling mobile OS up to scratch with the similarity Android and iOS.

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Every one of the specifics you should learn about could be discovered after the break!

Action Facility

Home windows Phone is presently bereft of lots of points, consisting of the standard commodity of a notices device, however in today’s announcement of Windows Phone 8.1, the software manufacturer finally showcased Action Facility.

Action Center

In-keeping with reports we listened to throughout the build-up, Action Facility will certainly be an all-encompassing facilities offering a convenient, one-stop hub for alerts and toggles. Currently, there’s no means of scrutinizing notifications as and when they arrive, with banners and lock screen icons totaling up to a rather disarranged clutter, however Activity Facility will certainly go to the extremely heart of the huge Windows Phone 8.1 update, including a much-needed level of quality to process.

It also features toggles for usual activities such as turning Wi-Fi, plane method, etc. on or off.

Interactive Lock Monitor / Themes

As abovementioned, the current Windows Phone lock screen reduces a rather passive figure, showing the time, and a count-up of notices for a maximum of 4 applications. Yet with Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft is to present renovations to the performance of the lock monitor, where customers could interact with particular apps on-the-fly, without the should unlock. In short, Microsoft has actually presented new APIs where app designers can make far better usage of the lock screen.

Lock Screen themes

And to make things less bland in comparison to before, Windows Phone 8.1 now showcases lock display themes, which provides a terrific individual touch to your smartphone.

Start Display / Wallpapers


Although the tiled user interface presents Windows Phone customers some with some unique modification attributes, they’re fairly restricted, and since Windows Phone 8.1, customers will lastly be able to use their very own wallpapers to the Beginning Display. As was shown in the run-up to today’s announcement, wallpapers will certainly divide across ceramic tiles in a mosaic fashion, or even though this attribute has actually not been as urgent as, say, the introduction of an effective notices system, it excels to see Microsoft paying some focus on specific.

Additionally, your Home windows Phone 8.1 device will support an added row of tiles as each the Lumia 1520 or various other similarly gigantic versions, even if you do not happen to have a 6-inch+ phablet.

Cortana Voice Aide


Based loosely after the personality from the well known Halo series, the Bing-powered Cortana voice aide is readied to revolutionize the encounter of looking for content and details. As recently uncovered, it learns your traits, pushing personalized recommendations your method as and when you require them, and with support for third-party applications, is yet one more indispensable function that Windows Phone has actually hitherto been doing not have.

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You can communicate with Cortana either with voice or content, and it totally changes the pre-existing search function of Windows Phone.

Especially, it also enables you to set reminders for associateded with inbound e-mails, texts, telephone calls and such, and with smooth assimilation with the brand-new Skype app for Windows 8.1 (more here), we can not stand by to obtain our hands on it.

Home windows Phone Store

Despite the well-documented lack of applications, checking out the Windows Phone Store is actually a rather satisfying experience, and Microsoft intends to boost things additionally through the Windows Phone 8.1 update. The crucial execution will arrive through customized suggestions, aiding you discover the applications and games appropriate to your tastes, as well as though the WP Store is still significantly bereft of applications as compared to the iOS App Store and Google Play, these kinds of improvements will do its growth efforts no harm whatsoever.

Word Circulation, the Swype-like Key-board

Like iOS, Windows Phone’s keyboard can be instead laborious to utilize, and it’s globally agreed that the entering user interfaces supplied by the similarity SwiftKey and Swype create a considerably even more fluid, satisfying and accurate encounter. Word Flow is the real-world version of the reported “Sywpe-like” keyboard, and obviously, it’s the fastest key-board ever before made.

Word Flow keyboard

We’ll have to await the hands-on before we could compose our thoughts, and will book judgment till WP8.1 does roll out, yet hopefully, it will measure up to its payment.

Net Explorer 11

Windows Phone 8.1 will certainly ship with an updated browser, which is Net Traveler 11, and Microsoft claims that it enhances on its precursor with enhanced performance, functions and a great deal of insect solutions.

Wi-Fi, Information and Storage Feeling, Electric battery Saver

wifi sense

This great little function – – Wi-Fi Sense – will auto-connect you to public Wi-Fi hotspots as it locates them, which will not simply conserve you making use of the less-reliable, usually more expensive cellular information, but will certainly additionally exempt you the trouble of needing to link manually. Magic!

data sense

Data Feeling tracks your cellular information usage in a month and advises you on just how to minimize data and will switch you over to Wi-Fi whenever a hotspot is nearby. And to make the entire deal sweeter, Windows Phone 8.1 functions ‘high savings’ mode, that, as the name implies, will compress your photos and data when you’re scanning over cellular information.

storage sense

Storage space Sense is an all-in-one storage manager in Windows Phone 8.1, and will certainly help you damage down which app or kind of content is using up the most area. Moreover, it will certainly additionally aid you relocate content between the device’s interior storage and SD card.

battery saver

Battery Saver does precisely what it mentions on the tin; provides a basic failure of which apps are using the many battery which will assist you in making use choices. Pretty useful if you’re always out and about.

Upgraded Skype for Windows Phone 8.1

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Along with being easily incorporated with Cortana, the new Skype application will enable a typical voice chat to raise into a video clip talk with a single click, and with a few visual modifications and vermin solutions besides, constant Skypers needs to discover a smoother experience when using Microsoft’s renowned VoIP application.

New Sight Calendar App


Windows Phone 8.1 additionally features a new calendar app that now showcases a brand-new week perspective, and the software application giant claims that it has been an extremely requested feature.

Music, Video and Podcasts

Microsoft made the strong action and split the Music, Video and Podcasts into different apps, which, baseding on the software giant can be straight updated from the Windows Phone Store.

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All 3 apps showcase subtle changes that make the entire experience of consuming material a great deal better than ever previously.

People, E-mail and Accounts dealing with

This was maybe our biggest gripe with Windows Phone and has actually now been covered by Microsoft. Individuals Hub can now access third-party social applications and will certainly reveal you all the supplies under one roofing, instead of making do with what the Folks Hub assists from the acquire go.


Glass Phone 8.1 now supports S/MIME safe and secure email accounts, and suspect what? Glass Phone 8.1 now features iCloud mail support! We’re not making this up.

Improvements to Photos and Cam apps


When you release the Photos application, it will now take you straight to your current images which are shown as collections in a stunning way. And the Video camera application now includes a somewhat refreshed UI and now includes burst method for taking quick gos in succession.

Windows Phone and Windows as One

Starting with Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update, you could now sync everything together; this includes your setups, your apps (if they’re created for Windows and Windows Phone both), your Wi-Fi passwords or even your Web Explorer 11 surfing sessions. Exactly how awesome is that?

Company VPN capabilities

Ultimately, Windows Phone 8.1 will likewise provide company VPN and S/MIME, implying that you’ll have the opportunity to firmly encrypt and sign your e-mails.


So, when do all these excellent attributes appear? Well, Microsoft has actually revealed that Windows Phone 8.1 will present ‘in the coming months’, and it will be pre-installed on all new Windows Phone tools, which must begin hitting shelves this month.

And, all Nokia Lumia tools will certainly be updated to Windows Phone 8.1. Yet bear in mind that simply those tools will certainly be updated that shipped with Windows Phone 8 from the box.

It will, as you may anticipate, be completely free of fee, and we’ll make sure to provide you men the heads-up when it finally does reveal itself.

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