Earlier this week, Microsoft released Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 Developer Preview. The company has now published the changelog too. The list reveals several new features which users might find handy.
For those who are unfamiliar, a changelog is the record (or log) of changes made to a product. This gives users an idea on the new features and bug fixes that have been introduced since the last release or version.
While the company has made available the changelog, it should be pointed out that the list isn’t complete. Windows Phone 8.1 offers several more features and little utilities that Microsoft hasn’t mentioned on its website.
- Live Folders. One of the few headline features, Live Folders lets you organize your Start screen the way you want. Just push one Tile on top of another one to create a folder and get going. Here’s a quick demonstration to help you get started.
- Messaging. Combine multiple text messages into one, and then forward them to someone else.
- Selection. With improved selection, you can now delete multiple calls, messages, or contacts.
- Apps Corner. Apps Corner lets you specify apps other people can use on a Windows Phone. Great for individuals and any-sized organizations who want to provide only the essential apps for others to use for work, school, or any other reason.
- Alarms. Now you can customize the snooze time for an alarm, and then enjoy a little more shuteye for the time you want.
- Accessory apps. Use accessory apps to get notifications from your phone on your smartwatch, active phone cover, fitness tracker, or other kinds of accessories.
- Internet sharing. Now you can share your cellular data connection over Bluetooth, so you can get an Internet connection on more kinds of devices.
- VPN. VPN now supports L2TP, which lets you connect to more VPN services. Whether you connect to a VPN for work or personal use, you can do it on your Windows Phone.
- Narrator. Narrator now has touch typing and a way for you to turn off hints for controls and buttons if you don't want them read aloud. Some other improvements to Narrator help you unlock your phone a little more quickly, find and use the Back, Start, and Search buttons more easily, and tell you when your phone screen is on or off.
In addition, there are several more features that you can find on this update. For instance, how a tricky user agent in IE fools Gmail to believe it is an iOS device. Or the hundreds of other improvements that you will find in the Internet Explorer. Now you can also ask questions to Cortana from within the lock screen.
The software giant is also bringing Cortana to several new regions including India, Australia, Canada, and UK. Here's how you get it.
The update also brings native support for more screen resolutions, and have many more features for OEMs. You can know more about it here. We are spotting several new features everyday. Stay tuned to the site to know more, in the meantime, have you noticed anything new on your handset lately? Fire up a conversation in the forum, or share it in the comments.