Windows 8.1 Update Focus is on Apps

April 2nd, 2014  |  By Allison Saffiotti

At the Build Developer Conference Microsoft officially debuted the Windows Phone 8.1 Update. This new update will be available to consumers beginning April 8th and will come pre-installed on all new phones.

 

Rumors have been spreading the past few months about what the new update will entail and now Microsoft has been able to confirm. Some of these new features include a notification location called Action Center, improved battery storage, SIM data, an updated Skype Version, and a new more efficient swipe keyboard.


 

The new update also has a focus on apps with changes made to The Phone Store to support this. Users can use lists to sort windows apps by popularity, and other categories. The goal of this according to Microsoft is to drive up app development and engagement.

 

The personal assistant Cortana has also been confirmed as expected. Powered by Bing, the idea behind Cortana is that it will learn from the user through being able to schedule, text, and search. Cortana will also be able to be used by new apps, extending its possible service.

 

Based on user response from popular sites like Reddit, fans of the platform are very excited for the upcoming update. For app developers this means a whole undiscovered market for apps with Cortana. The possibilities are now endless and developers should take advantage of this new update. Users as well will now enjoy some great features on their Windows phones.

 

For reviews on Cortana and the updates of Windows 8.1 continue to check PreApps!

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