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8 (plus 1) new features of Windows Phone 8.1

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8 (plus 1) new features of Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft has taken the wraps off Windows Phone 8.1, probably the largest update to the Windows Phone platform since its inception, but out of the tens of new features, what does this update really boil down to?

We have picked the 8 (plus one) essential features of the Windows Phone 8.1 update - features that you will notice almost instantly in a WP 8.1 device such as the new Cortana voice assistant and the unified notification hub, the ‘Action Center’.

Cortana, for instance, aims to be a truly personal assistant, tapping into your location and emails (if you allow it to), learning from your behavior over time to give you relevant information, and that’s great. (Keep in mind that it launches as a beta, though, so it’s not fully polished just yet.)

The Action Center is another hugely requested feature that finally brings all your notifications into a single place. Yes, it reminds of similar features on Android (and iOS), but it’s also slightly different, as you can customize it to the very tiny details.

In addition to that, Windows Phone 8.1 brings all new customization options with wallpapers appearing like a jig-saw puzzle on the home screen, with options to completely overhaul the lockscreen experience, as well as new options for Live Tiles.

We’ll be taking a much deeper, more exhaustive look at the tiny details of Microsoft’s reworked operating system in the near future, but right now, out of these essential new features, which one do you like best?

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posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:57 12

1. shyguy3763 (Posts: 40; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)


I think I almost fainted! This is SO awesome! :D

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:57 8

2. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 684; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


Winning. Even Victor H getting in on this?!? Wow, well done indeed Windows Phone.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 14:03 5

3. hms2407 (Posts: 94; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)


im currently using a nexus 5 and after a year i think i might switch to WP because this update looks good,giving WP a try wont be bad

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 14:16 2

6. ihavenoname (Posts: 1263; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


I'd might consider thanks to this upgrade and Nokia hardware. BUT lack of quality apps and lack of Google apps are a killer feature to me. Maybe some day...

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 14:46 1

8. hms2407 (Posts: 94; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)


yeah that is the reason why i dont want to leave android,even if wp's marketplace will expand in the future,they wont get most of the direct 3rd party releases like android and ios

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 18:13

13. Finalflash (Posts: 1455; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


That and until MS can offer something substantial like desktop applications on the phone maybe. If they can merge the two, they win.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 08:39

19. Leo_MC (Posts: 479; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


I ditched all Google apps, except YouTube and I found out there are a lot of better alternatives.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 01:41

20. Ishtiaque99 (Posts: 11; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


U will regret.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 01:45

21. Ishtiaque99 (Posts: 11; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


U will regret.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 14:03 6

4. boomboom (Posts: 53; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


I think I may give a try to win phone now,
Updates looks cool ... :)

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 00:47

17. lalalaman (Posts: 283; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


yup!!its too gud but i still wish it had file explorer....an update might have that :]

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 14:05 2

5. sip1995 (Posts: 661; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/features-8-1

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 14:16 6

7. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1650; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


I like all the new features!! They are very welcome

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 15:07 3

9. Fhdleo (Posts: 5; Member since: 11 Jan 2014)


Just awesome..

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 15:36 1

10. josephnero (Posts: 279; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


i really don't see anything great.i know i will get a lot of hate with this comment but let it be

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 16:26 3

11. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Nothing to great if you use other OS's. Great for WP users tho.

Like the new notifications for iOS users...old news for us Android users...great news for iOS users.

Most of these features is bringing WP more closer to Android and iOS for features and options. Swype like keyboard is great, notification shade is great, lock screen options is great.

I dont really like on screen buttons...so I dont care about that. 8.1 is shaping up to be a real nice WP update.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 18:02 3

12. macfire (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Apr 2014)


As a long term Windows phone user , I am impressed with most of what they brought to the table . Lockscreen Themes , Start screen wallpapers , Action center , Cortana . Windows Phone has finally caught up to the competition , especially since there is now just more refining of what other Operating Systems already offer , they have given WP the chance to catch up . put in the cash it takes to promote the hell out of it ( especially since even their most budget handsets run butter smooth )

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 19:13 2

14. clodderes (Posts: 18; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Those're great updates, now we can go head to head with the other OS. With the new license fee, we can hope the penetration will be much better from now on, and in the end we can hope healthy apps and games for our beloved platform.

I really am looking forward to the future of it, as the user of the WP 8 right from its announcement, it entertaining to see the development of a platform.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 19:36 3

15. garyII (Posts: 160; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


i like the wallpaper the most ! btw, did window phone has file manager?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 20:33 1

16. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 825; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


File manager?

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 04:22 1

18. nbringer (Posts: 117; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


apparently no? can anyone confirm?

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