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?



16. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

File manager?

18. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

apparently no? can anyone confirm?

15. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

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

14. clodderes

Posts: 27; Member since: Feb 11, 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.

12. macfire

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 02, 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 )

10. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

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

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

9. Fhdleo

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 11, 2014

Just awesome..

7. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2365; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

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

5. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

4. boomboom

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

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

17. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

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

3. hms2407

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 25, 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

6. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 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...

8. hms2407

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 25, 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

13. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

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

20. Ishtiaque99

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

U will regret.

21. Ishtiaque99

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

U will regret.

2. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

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

1. shyguy3763

Posts: 52; Member since: Oct 27, 2013

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

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