Purported list of features for a Windows Phone “8.1.1” update is fake

Purported list of features for a Windows Phone “8.1.1” update is fake
In what has become a mockery of the world wide web, “I read it on the internet so it must be true,” a long, long list of items “leaked” onto Reddit of all places.

Of course, the person who leaked it claims to be a Microsoft employee, and the list of items shared by this person hits a lot of the “soft-underbelly” spots of the Windows Phone faithful, but it is also those items that colored us more than a little skeptical to begin with, and the gang over at WPCentral has already called the whole thing out as fake.

The list has over 30 items on it which, in itself, is not unusual, but some of the items read more like a wish list than anything, so that should be your first warning. Also, some of the items have little or nothing to do with what would be construed as a Windows Phone operating system update. The original poster notes some of these features as “Windows Phone 8.5,” which we have seen referenced before, but not so much an “8.1.1” update.  We included the list because there are enough of us out there using Windows Phone 8.1 (the real OS) where these bullet points could make for a great conversation.  We have added our two-cents where we felt relevant, but remember, it is, by ours, and other reliable accounts, not real:

  • Interactive live tiles (NOTE: This is something we know the Microsoft Research is working on for the main Windows operating system, and there should be enhanced interactivity between mobile and desktop/tablet environments)
  • Lock screen applications will be built inside core system (NOTE: This actually goes contrary to what Microsoft set forth with WP 8.1, more features through applications so feature updates do not become dependent on OS updates)
  • Features in Action Center
  • Music controls in Action Center
  • More detailed notifications in Action Center
  • Dividing line in Action Center
  • Application Games to be deleted and replaced with Xbox One application dealing with avatar, messages, remote and other features
  • Name to be decided YouTube application to be built completely with html 5 coding as requested by Google (NOTE: Based on the relationship between Google and Microsoft, we’ll just say no to anything that looks like a cooperative effort at this point)
  • Instagram application to have DIRECT MESSAGING and better video uploading capabilities and camera fixes UI for camera to be tweaked with enhanced features from Nokia Camera application (NOTE: This is an app, and as such, may see these updates at Instagram’s/Facebook’s convenience – we will chalk it up to the OS enabling the app to better accomplish these goals)
  • KIK Messenger to be finished in late June, overhauled design and html 5 support Skype with completely new design.
  • Messages in bubbles and chat heads similar to Facebook messenger?
  • Facebook messenger to have improved notifications, polished design and new set of fonts along with video chat, calling and improved emoji store (NOTE: Highly likely given the feature set the app has with Android and iOS)
  • OneNote to have many new features as Word
  • A possible merger Ability to set WordFlow’s guide line to accent invisible
  • Give users choice to have invisible tiles on individual applications
  • New lock screen gestures input and other unique, disclosed password input technique options
  • Calculator upgrades to version 2 with more scientific features
  • Month view drastically changed in design in calendar application
  • Alarm application to feature a stopwatch, timer and splits
  • Cortana to head out of beta (NOTE: While we have no doubts over Microsoft’s technical prowess, some of us believe Cortana will remain in some type of beta, perhaps expanded market-by-market, for at least a year or more)
  • Internet Explorer applications
  • Give uses the choice to delete Podcasts application
  • New voice memo application Backgrounds (Accent Colour 2)
  • Store with wallpapers from featured applications
  • Ability to favorite applications in store to better suggestions
  • Unit converting applications
  • Change colour of keyboard to black, white, gray, accent colour without changing background color
  • Keep word suggestion bar hidden until something is typed
  • Tiles to update as frequently as 30 seconds if feature is turned on by user or developer
  • Music volume controls to be centered
  • OneNote having abilities to use art tools
  • Facebook application from official company
  • Email/Outlook application to follow same design as computer base
  • Photos will have description such as name, place and time

Some of the wording used reminds us of the times when we get an email from a distraught personal assistant in Nigeria, stuck with millions of dollars and not knowing what to do with it. It is indeed an interesting wish-list. Nearly everything on the list is indeed feasible, but it is also so ambitious that any seasoned reader should know it was piled on with a golden shovel.

No matter how you choose to look at this list, just remember, you read it on the internet.

sources: Reddit via WMPoweruser and WPCentral



1. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

No problem, after 8.1 I don't need anything ^_^

7. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

After 8.1.1 release u will say I don't need 8.2 anymore. Lol. Next updates will bring a lot for 8.1 and specially 8.2 is huge just like 8.1

2. adwienc

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

I just want file manager and HDMI and OTG support.

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The list could be shortened to "WP 8.1.1 = keep copying more features from Android/iPhone and popular Android/iPhone apps".

5. Sauce unregistered

It's their way of survival.

6. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Its not copying, everything has starting points, example first phone then why every company copied that, first Operating System then why every company copied that, first computer, etc. Just like that.

12. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Yeah...but when google or samsung does it turns out to be copying!! Why??? And remember what balmer said?? "Android is copy out iOS, we are innovative" After saying like that you see OS from them which copies the features from both android and iOS...

15. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Samsung did copied, i guess theirs first galaxy design exactly like iPhone, and icons too. What's your point.

13. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

alot of features that were in windows mobile you know that OS before android and iOS are now in those OSes too soooooooo your point?

4. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Android and iOS copied many features found in Windows mobile and also WP look at the three dot menu, album art lock screen , menus that guides you around the OS bold colors aka Windows Phone accents and their whole design language in general as well as their third party design language apps are Metro inspired. Keep talking ish.

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Cant argue with this in regards to Win Mo. There is a reason I picked up Android so fast coming from Win Mo...and struggled like hell with the iPhone... And...I feel more comfortable with ppl calling Android a copy of Win Mo than iOS... Because for all its faults...Win Mo was a full fledged OS on mobile phones. Desktop OS on phones. It didnt work out too well for Win Mo after the iPhone launched....but it did have its good points.

8. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

I like the way WP is heading. They are more focused on the user experience rather than being app-centric like iOS and Android. Android and iOS devices upgrade their devices to handle more apps and apps update to cope up with the hardware upgrades. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. But remember WP has to stay low to keep in par user experience across all its devices, from 520 to 1520. Same user experience. Yeah WP has a app store too, but almost of the essential apps are there. All that you need right where you want it is right there with WP. Shameless plugging aside its the truth. WP is different. It wants to be not compared.

9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Android is focusing more on making the low end experience better with Kit Kat....and iOS.....just like WP with very specific hardware guidelines....the experience is for the most part the same across the board. Samsung has a low end phone coming soon with Kit Kat...so that will be the world first look to see if Kit Kat can really run good on low end hardware. Then look at the Moto G....remember with each passing year....previous years high end becomes this year and next year's low end.

11. express77 unregistered

Win mobile >>>>>>>>>> Wp8( Not Wp8.1 as I haven't used it)

18. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Overall....many might agree with you. I know I do. WP was IMO a step back in functionality vs Win Mo. MS went the early iPhone route: form over function. (some may still say the iPhone is form over function...lol)

14. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

when 8.1 will come to lumia 1020 ? an answer plz , i just bought a lumia 1020 .. really this phone is amazing .. so much better than other android phones

16. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

You should be getting the update by June. :)

17. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

get the developer preview so you can get the update now, and when Nokia finish with their testing they will send you another update to fix the bugs with additional improvements to make the phone better

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