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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Windows Phone 8.1 feature list.

Here's  a quick view about what all features will be their in upcoming windows phone 8.1 update.

General User Experience changes

  • Back button no longer closes apps, instead it suspends them
  • Start screen backgrounds with parallax motion
  • Double Tap to Power Off
  • Favorite photos by tapping a heart icon
  • Double-Tap to unlock your phone (Feature from Lumia devices on Amber Update and newer)
  • File picker
  • Live Tiles – mark as red by swiping from the left over the Tile
  • Kid's Corner - Password won't be displayed (bug fix)
  • Live Tiles – Three column support (maybe)
  • Navigation bar for phones without physical keys on the front
  • Notification if charger isn’t of adequate power
  • Quiet Hours - Disable notifications during pre-selected timeframe
  • Screenshot button combination is now Power + Volume Up
  • Set default Voice Navigation app for the OS
  • Search button will be the new way to open Speech (aka ‘Cortana’)
  • Separate volume controls for ringtones/notifications and music/media
  • Swipe down to close apps in multitasking view
  • Voice Narrator for Accessibility

Apps + Store

  • App and Game data stored on SD cards
  • Apps can capture audio/video from themselves; be limited for copyright concerns
  • Apps on SD Cards are only allowed from ONE originating phone. If it detects that apps from another phone are installed on the SD Card, then it will ask to delete those first
  • Backup of App + Game data to One-drive (if developer enabled)
  • App Suggestions by location.
  • Filter through installed apps by usage/install date
  • Manual Update checks
  • New Store design and features.
  • Option to update store apps automatically
  • Facebook app comes with OS, updates independently, hooks into OS
  • Option to update store apps when only on Wi-Fi
  • Single sign-in for apps (like on Windows 8) with Microsoft Account; sign in will persist across devices + apps with permissions prompt


  • Internet Explorer 11
  • IE 11 to save and remember your password for websites
  • JavaScript and HTML for app development
  • Upload files through Internet Explorer 11
  • Tabs now show up individually in multi-task window
  • WebGL and Normal mapping support
  • YouTube Player including HTML5 video support

Action Center

  • Quick-access to customized actions, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Plane mode, etc.
  • Notification center – Alerts, non-Toast notifications, update history, more


  • Weather in calendar
  • Google calendar support, with multiple calendars
  • Week view in calendar


  • New layout
  • Burst camera mode, including auto-deletion of bursts


  • Podcast app powered by Bing, full featured
  • Bing smart search (similar search system as Windows 8.1)


  • New Email sync options with accordance to usage patterns (i.e. If you get a lot of mail on particular days and if you don’t check mail every day).
  • Encrypted and signed e-mail support
  • Option to always download emails and pictures within them


  • Swipe keyboard option - “Write, when I swipe through letters”.
  • General keyboard enhancements, show emoji when typing


  • Change default SMS app. You can also change which SMS app will show notifications.
  • Mute Thread - Optionally silence text threads, no longer receive notifications or Live Tile updates


  • Media editing:  audio and video; Audio effects, video effects; Slow motion video
  • Audio/video transcoding, Hardware accelerated
  • Xbox Music and Xbox Video as standalone apps instead of the Music + Video Hub (allowing more updates to be pushed)

Phone + Contacts

  • Contact list sorting of those with phone numbers
  • In-call speech commands. You’ll be able to say “Call XXXXXX”.
  • Call duration (press and hold reveals a "details" menu in call history)
  • Operators can also install certain applications once a SIM card is detected
  • Inner Circle of contacts. Up to 40 contacts can be in the inner circle.


  • Battery Power Sense – App to monitor which apps draw the most power
  • Data Sense – Operators can now control Data Sense limits remotely
  • Battery Saver (under Battery Sense) will have an app exclusion list
  • Wi-Fi can auto re-enable after a set duration of time
  • Wi-Fi Sense – Sharing secured WI-Fi Networks with contacts if they have Wi-Fi Sense. They don’t get to see the shared password though
  • Wi-Fi Direct


  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • The phone will have to update to the latest version before you can restore it to factory settings
  • Geofence monitoring support. Geofence is a boundary around a place of interest to you. Location services can monitor geofences to tell your apps when you’re entering and leaving them. This would be really good for IFTTT
  • Chkdsk for SD cards to ensure card health
  • Miracast, PlayTo, mirror and project via wireless display or USB-out
  • Stereoscopic 3D support
  • Mouse and keyboard support (HID)
  • Trusted app list for NFC that will remove the need for asking whether you want to open a particular app
  • Virtual SmartCard support
  • Windows Phone 8.1 apps won't run on 8.0 devices until they upgrade
  • Wallet supports tickets and membership cards

Enterprise and Office

  • Certificate management to enroll, update and revoke certificates for user authentication 
  • Enhanced MDM policies to lock down functionality on the phone for more enterprise control, in addition to richer application management such as allowing or denying the installing of certain apps. 
  • Enterprise Wi-Fi support with EAP-TLS
  • Enterprise enrolled phones can have their passwords changed and remotely locked
  • Password protected Office document support
  • Office Lens support for scanning documents with camera, import into Office with OCR
  • Rebranding of SkyDrive to OneDrive
  • VPN support built in
  • S/MIME to sign and encrypt email
  • Access to corporate resources behind the firewall with app aware 
  • Auto-triggered VPN 


  • Background tasks: Bluetooth signal strength, Chat message notification, Device connection change, Device use trigger, Gatt characteristic notification, Location, Push notification, Rfcomm connection, System event, Timer
  • XAP replaced by APPX
  • ​​Audio/video transcoding that’s hardware accelerated
  • New dev tools including: SemanticZoom, DatePicker, TimePicker
  • Actionable notifications for apps
  • Silent/ghost notifications for apps

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