Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 revealed by Microsoft – App Live folders, live tiles and more coming


Microsoft has finally announced the recently rumored Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 which will include a numbers of features for consumers and OEMs. The Update 1 for Windows Phone 8.1 will include new features like App folders on the Start Screen, live tile for Windows Store, Xbox Music enhancements and many more.

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 will be the update for Windows Phone 8.1/Lumia Cyan which is still in the early process of rolling out to masses around the world. The Update 1 will enhance the experience of the Windows Phone 8.1 users with a couple of more-features.

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 has got the following features:

– App ‘Live’ folders:

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 App Live Folders

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 will finally let the users create app folders on the Start Screen where users can drag and drop tiles to a specific group and name it to your desires. Microsoft describes the folders as ‘Live Folders’ as the tiles will show live tiles even when grouped. The grouping seems familiar with that of Start Screen on Windows 8.1 where you can name your group as required.

– Live tiles for Windows Store:

Windows Phone 8.1 update 1 store live tile

Windows Phone Store will now show live tiles just like Windows Store for Windows 8.1 where new offers, spotlight apps and the available updates will be showed.

– Xbox Music live tile and performance:

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 Xbox Music live tile

Xbox Music app of Windows Phone will finally show live tiles on the Start Screen. You will also get the improvements in the app loading as well as list scrolling. Music will now sync in the background and ‘quick play’ option will let you play recently played music easily with just one tap.

– Threaded message selection:

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 Messaging

You will finally be able to select and delete multiple messages from within a thread which is missing from the Windows Phone 8.1/Cyan update. You can also forward specific messages from within threads by selecting them.

– App Corners:

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 app corners

OEMs will get an option to create app corners on their Windows Phone devices which will only give the ability to run specified apps. This feature aims on Enterprises who only want certain apps to be run on their employee’s phones.

Security updates for public networks:

Microsoft have made some improvements in the Windows phone privacy to protect your data while you are connected to a public network via Wi-Fi.

– Enhanced VPN:

You now get the option to connect to VPN networks to add another layer of protections while you are connected to Wi-Fi hotspots via public connections.

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 will be launched for the people enrolled in the Preview for Developers program during the next week.

Source: Windows Phone Blog


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