Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 Update Release and Features Information: Now Available For Developers

Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 Update Release and Features Information: Now Available For Developers (Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Microsoft has started rolling out its Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 to users in its developer preview, adding a number of new features to the operating system.

In this update, Microsoft’s digital mobile assistant, Cortana, will be available to users in China and the UK as a “beta”, and as an “alpha” to those in Canada, India, and Australia, says a Windows blog post.

Live Folders will be making its debut in Update 1, allowing users the ability to organize apps into folder from their Start screen, much like what is currently available on Android and iOS.

“You asked for it! You can now organize your apps into folders on your Start screen!” says Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore. “We call this Live Folders because the live tiles of apps appear in the tile of the folders—you won’t miss tile updates because you group apps in a folder!”

Additionally, the Xbox Music app has been updated with improvements for list scrolling and faster loading times. Microsoft says in the coming months support for Kids Corner will be added, along with “quickplay.”

More information on features in Update 1 can be found here.

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