Leaked photos show a new Windows Phone 8.1 multi-window feature

Leaked photos show a new Windows Phone 8.1 multi-window feature
As far as Microsoft's smartphone efforts are concerned, all eyes seem to be on the upcoming Windows 10 for smartphones. However, a new leak shows that Windows Phone 8.1 could be updated to include a new and very interesting feature. A set of images recently leaked online showing a Lumia 930 smartphone running a special version of Windows Phone that allows users to open multiple windows on the screen simultaneously.

From the looks of it, the Lumia 930 is not running some sort of beta version of Windows 10 for smartphones, but a special version of Windows Phone 8.1 instead. According to Micrososftinsider.es, the Spanish tech blog that originally posted these pictures, the ability to open multiple windows will only be available on Windows Phone smartphones rocking a 5-inch or larger display. Since opening multiple windows at the same time takes up more RAM, such a new feature could also require a certain minimum of RAM memory.

At the moment, neither Android nor iOS allow users to open multiple apps on the screen at the same time, although Samsung came up with such a feature in its TouchWiz implementation of Android (the Galaxy Note 4 can actually run 3 apps simultaneously). There has been a lot of talk regarding the utility of such a feature, but certainly more options are always a good thing when it comes to software. 

Microsoft's Build 2015 conference is scheduled to start in just a few minutes, and there's a (very) small chance that Microsoft will unveil the new feature today.


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20 Comments

1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

bring it on...............................my 930 is ready

3. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

My 928 probably can't handle it. Waiting for the next flagship that hits Verizon...should hopefully come within a year after AT&T releases one.

2. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Hope it will come in their new flagship. Great feature though

4. A.Adel

Posts: 45; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

i have it on my LG phone but i dont really use it (any way i cant focus on two things in the same time xD ) its look like he is an Arabic beta tester :D in the last Pic the man is using Holy Quran app

10. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

There is over one billion Moslems doesn't mean they're Arab it could be Chinese through i can't it seems like Chinese.

13. Gunners1210

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

nope..he is a malaysian guy..i am in the same group with him in facebook..that's where he posted the picture..never knew it would come up to phonearena though

15. Arthurhkt

Posts: 725; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Suddenly i am proud as a Malaysian.

5. ikenvape

Posts: 309; Member since: May 28, 2014

I use to multi window on my lg g3 all the time and my galaxy note 10.1 2014. I love the feature. It should be standard in all 5+ sizes Good job for windows!

6. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

no apps no users nothing

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Tell that to Samsung Tizen.

11. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Android and IOS apps are coming to Windows as universal apps so np.

17. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Ask yourself if you really want an ios or android app living next to your metro style apps.

7. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

My Lumia 1520 only gets better and better...

12. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

A Lumia 1530 is need with the same 6 inch display (DEM SPACE) and better internal :D

14. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

My Lumia 1520 is doing just fine... but I am never opposed to newer, stronger, faster devices :) With Windows 10 gathering momentum, the anticipation for new flagship Lumia's has NEVER been higher. Until then I am glad MSFT is not half-baking flagship products (rather saturating the market with 1000 versions of lower end models.) Still wondering why the Surface 3 was announced... Perhaps Surface Pro is waiting for Windows 10.

9. dlsnhuff

Posts: 111; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

aaahhh .... I need money ( 5 inches and 2 gigs RAM & adreno 320 / 405 ).

16. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

"At the moment, neither Android nor iOS allow users to open multiple apps on the screen at the same time, although Samsung came up with such a feature in its TouchWiz implementation of Android" Uhhh no I'm pretty sure i could open multiple windows on my g3 and can do on samsung note and s5 (i know of) series ever since note 2 right? I know for sure iphones or ipads can't do this and windows devices. Pretty nifty feature though, might try this build out on my 930.

18. Nabil111

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Multiwindow on my GS4 was cool, I could run Maps navigation on one half of the screen and use Ingress on the other half while I was directing my aunt and uncle around town. It was especially cool when trying to research something and write about it to someone or I could run multiple navigation apps at the same time and see which one was better. Even playing Youtube videos while doing something else was nice, just start the video playing and minimize the pane all the way and its like it wasn't even there.

19. jazza

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

Is muti window options on lumia 540 ??

20. jazza

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

Is muti window options on lumia 540 ??

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