Microsoft almost lists Windows Phone 8.1's features on its website


While Microsoft already revealed that it would launch the next iteration of its Windows Phone platform “this spring”, it didn’t officially confirm its name yet. But we all know that it’s going to be Windows Phone 8.1.

Either by mistake, or as a tease, Microsoft is now listing Windows Phone 8.1 next to Windows Phone 8 on the platform’s official website. Unfortunately, if you click the WP 8.1 link, which should lead to the “top features” of the OS, all you’re getting is a “Not found” page.

Of course, we already know most of the new major features that Windows Phone 8.1 will bring: support for on-screen buttons, a personal voice assistant called Cortana, a new notification center called Action Center, dual SIM support, and compatibility with new Qualcomm SoCs (including the Snapdragon 400 and 200). For more, here is everything we know about Windows Phone 8.1 thus far.

Microsoft could release Windows Phone 8.1 in April, after its Build Conference that takes place between April 2 and April 4. New hardware will likely appear at about that time, too, possibly not just from Nokia. But we’ll see what happens.

Update: The "Windows Phone 8.1" reference was removed by Microsoft today. So maybe this was a mistake after all. 

source: Windows Phone via WPCentral

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87 Comments

1. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

...and 1000 reasons not to

4. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

troll _)_

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yeah. PA, there's a bug in your like button. If you click 'Like / Thumbs-up' (for any user) successively for many times then the user gets that many likes for time being. I clicked 6 times 'Like / Thumbs-up' for "mousesports" and he got 6 likes. Also it shows minus 'Like / Thumbs-up'. :) After refreshing the page or once reply / comment is posted then it displays normal 'Like / Thumbs-up'. Your welcome. ;)

17. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

True dude. PA should use Disqus. But again Disqus isnt great for mobile devices.

22. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Neither work properly on Windows Phone.

36. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

It does work properly on WP, both on IE and the dedicated app.

46. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

No it doesn't. I just checked again. You need to switch to the phone version (dumbed down version). Even then, you can't edit your comment. As for Disqus: "Disqus seems to be taking longer than usual. Reload?"

52. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

And PA should use a mobile version of their site.

57. g2a5b0e unregistered

Disqus is the most buggy commenting system ever & it becomes very difficult to find specific comments in a very long thread. This is so much better. Never change, PA. Also, the bug mentioned by itsdeepak4u2000 can hardly be considered a bug considering it has no lasting effects.

61. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yeah, it has no lasting effect as I mentioned it in the second para. But a bug is still a bug, why to neglect?

62. g2a5b0e unregistered

I hear ya, but it's not exactly something they should be overly concerned about.

63. Maryewww

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

Give ' em likes!

53. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

12 days to go.....

12. afegit

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Maybe the "Not Found" page is what you were supposed to see, as windows 8 has no features? Windows 8.1's New Features - None Found ... Microsoft you sly genius, secretly leaking info about 8.1 in such a creatively subtle way

16. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

You made my day dude +1

2. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Yea lol

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Release it already.

6. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"“top features” of the OS, all you’re getting is a “Not found”"

9. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

50 millions users say you are full of BS.

10. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Considering the best selling WP device is the Lumia 520, which is known for being dirt cheap, I would assume a lot of those 50 million users are only user WP because it was so cheap, not because they actually appreciate the system and it's features. Same for iPhone users, except it's not cheap, it's just for a status symbol.

11. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

That's is speculation buddy, budget devices makes a large chunk of Androids sold, according to your comprehension it must be because they are cheap. If you want to know if the OS sold on low or highend devices are any good you do not look at the hardware, that is not an indication, hardware is more about pricepoint, you look at consumer feedbacks of the OS that is where the truth lies. WP overwhelmingly have great consumer feedback, they are the actual buyers.

15. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

The most popular device of 2012 the galaxy S III sold more than 40 million. It was a budget phone oh my bad.

18. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Galaxy S III alone may sell 40 million, how many of Budgets smartphones running Android was sold in 2012, 2013 from the overall Android marketshare, what are the numbers? Like I said Budget smartphone makes up a substantial amount of Android's sold arguably more than any single Android device or even all the highend Android's combined.

20. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

So you mean android flagships dont sell good. Oh yeah they cant 'match' the sales numbers of lumia 1520 and 1020.

19. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Most Android phones aren't THAT cheap, though. I could drive down to Walmart and pick up a Windows Phone device for about $60, that's almost an impulse buy for most consumers. Almost half of that 50 million are made up of those dirt cheap devices. Once Nokia can manage to get 40 million sales of one single device over 6 months and be in the top 3 most sold devices on 4 different carriers in one country for (at least) 4 months, then WP fans will be able to talk about how their OS is a legitimate competitor. But, when the top Android manufacturer's sales of ONE device in half a year is nearly equal to the ENTIRE user base, despite being 10 times more expensive, it's undeniable truth that WP is inferior. As for consumer satisfaction; http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-once-again-comes-out-on-top-of-customer-satisfaction-survey-Nokia-oddly-low_id34229 Here Nokia is beaten by 3 popular Android manufacturers, with Apple being on top of everyone. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Nokia-scores-high-marks-on-customer-satisfaction-on-average-21-higher_id42402 Here Nokia only beats Samsung by about 1% on AT&T, and only has a decent lead on Verizon, which is known to only have high end Lumia models, not the low end ones that half of the entire WP user base has. And HTC beats Nokia by a bit on T-Mobile. WP is inferior, and is primarily bought by low income consumers - these are facts.

24. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

You are missing the point, you go on about how much marketshare Android and iOS have. What you are missing however is that every year WP keeps growing and growing. Things change, you are focused on the past and present I am focused on the present and future. As ive explained to you before a smartphone is just more than its hardware, if the software is crap, it will fail, lower or highend smartphone it does not matter. I find it hard to believe that Windows mobile or Symbian or some other past OS will gain marketshare if you put that OS on the Lumia 520 so obviously WP software is very important to the overall experience afterall users could return Lumia 520 but the marketshare keeps growing so they must love the OS experience even if they bought the phone because it was cheap, quit trying to discredit the OS especially when Android, iOS, Samsung HTC just about everyone is copying WP visuals, they are all now Flat like WP using its principles, no more Skeumorphism. HTC even went so far to look like a WP knockoff homescreen, who would have thought that the most hailed Android phone looks like a WP. You guys hate WP while the platform you love admires WP. With 8.1 WP will grow even faster as more OEM's and other factors that favor WP growth further comes into play. Here WP beats Android and iOS. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2416521,00.asp Here Nokia bests everyone else. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2424051,00.asp WP is superior in its own right and bought by everyone, haters can hate.

27. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lol you keep on telling yourselves that android copied microsoft like what tiles?flat design? Cool and what bout your upcoming wp 8.1 where many features are absolute rip off from android. But guess what android community and Google will say keep on copying we didnt see anything.

51. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

A lot of the features found in Android were already in Windows mobile. Its not just me telling myself that, it is the truth, also many of Android fan requested MS add those features, how quickly people forget. Look back three years ago look at Android UI and look at WP UI design. Now compare Android then to Android now, it in many ways is flatter, cleaner looking fonts, Tiled based etc, its not just Android it is also iOS, App developers, the general UI designing community in general, came across find this article yesterday and im sure there are many others like it that shows the general trend towards flat UI. http://pocketnow.com/2013/06/05/flat-user-interface-design With the profound effect that Metro aka Modern UI has brought had UI aesthetics, it more than deserves to be right up there Android and iOS, it earned it. Before WP everyone was on the specs race, it was all about specs, everyone went on about which phone had the best specs after WP UI launched a lot of individuals took notice and slowly but sure aesthetics started playing a bigger role and now one can argue its almost as important if not more important than specs these days. WP changed that mentality, Zune UI is a major part of WP , Zune may have failed commercially, no media player could have survived against Ipod popularity however itsdesign survived.

28. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Say all you want about WP8 and defend it with your life, but until it receives OFFICIAL support from developers for apps, I don't plan on jumping ship. As far as the PCMag links, I can easily counter it with bias from the PA user base with articles that the "Z2 is the best phone" and that "S5 is a total fail" when that's subject to one person's opinion. WP8 is growing each year, true, but it's really easy to grow on something that's so small. If I were to start a corporation and hire just one person, but next month hire 999, guess how much my company just grew? WP market share is at ~4 since 2010. It surpassed BB since BB was a sinking ship thanks to iOS and Android. If it wasn't for Noka, WP would be a dead platform by now and you know it.

40. papss unregistered

And without SS android would be dead.. We can do hypothetical all day but it doesn't make them true

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