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Windows Phone 8.1 Update: 7 Key Facts

Microsoft uses its Windows Phone 8.1 update to add Start screen folders and new security features while pushing Cortana to new parts of the world.

businesses securely deploy Windows Phone devices without installing additional device and data management products. Belfiore cited retail demonstrations as a potential use case. In essence, Apps Corner is Kid's Corner, the Windows Phone feature that lets parents restrict which apps their kids can use, but re-imagined for professional use.

Apps Corner re-imagines Windows Phone's Kid's Corner feature, but for professional use.
Apps Corner re-imagines Windows Phone's Kid's Corner feature, but for professional use.

6. Windows Phone will support smart cases and voice over LTE.
As rumored, the update adds support for voice over LTE, as well the new breed of smart cases that display alerts even while the cover is closed. Smart cover support dovetails nicely with recent rumors that HTC is preparing a version of its Android-based One M8, and its Dot Cover accessory, for Windows Phone. In what's likely not a coincidence, HTC revealed Wednesday it will hold a press conference next month in New York.

7. It's not clear when all users will get Windows Phone 8.1 Update.
Whereas iPhone users can download new versions of iOS as soon as Apple releases them, Windows Phone users must wait for carriers to push out updates. As a result, Windows Phone 8.1 is still trickling out to users, and arrival times for the update are uncertain. Belfiore said the update "will roll out to consumers with devices running Windows Phone 8.1 in coming months." That said, those enrolled in the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers program will be able to gain access as soon as next week.

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Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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8/1/2014 | 6:24:11 AM
Re: Windows Phone 8.1 Update: 7 Key Facts
I think Cortana is the major shining point of Windows Phone 8.1 update. From the advertisement, it can do more than what Siri does nowadays. But I am not sure how it will perform - will it become a solid personal assistant or just a funny widget without much intelligence?
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7/31/2014 | 9:49:34 PM
Re: Windows Phone 8.1 Update: 7 Key Facts
ts hard to see how this will shift the focus from iPhone's Siri especially considering the fact that the latter has been in use for way much longer and has many more capabilities
I agree that Cortana can't match Siri right now, but it'll get there.

Not to be a critic but, in addition, I think focusing the Cortana to just China and the UK doesn't sound that smart.
According to the article, Canada, India, and Australia will get Cortana as an "alpha release."  I'm not sure how smart is that, but the reports I read here and elsewhere give Cortana good reviews; even as an alpha release.
I believe Cortana will also be available in the US market.
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mejiac,
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7/31/2014 | 5:55:43 PM
Re: Windows Phone 8.1 Update: 7 Key Facts
@Thonmas, I don't own a windows phone, but I do have and android tablet, and I would personally like to interact with files in there native format. Google docs does a really good job, but when in an business environment that is very reliant on an ms office eco system, that's where I think windows phones can shine
mejiac
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mejiac,
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7/31/2014 | 5:49:34 PM
Re: Windows Phone 8.1 Update: 7 Key Facts
@Ashu001, Thanks for the feedback, I think its only logical that microsoft try to offer a seamless experience within there mobile platform... So I'll consider the switch :)
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7/31/2014 | 5:13:41 PM
Re: Windows Phone 8.1 Update: 7 Key Facts
Integration with MS Exchange as well as MS Office is way better on Windows Phones today.

MDM is also much easier on Windows Phones.

This matters a lot for ordinary Businesses who would rather control their Endpoints more effectively.
Thomas Claburn
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7/31/2014 | 5:10:21 PM
Re: Windows Phone 8.1 Update: 7 Key Facts
Is there anything Windows Phones do better than Android?
Ashu001
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7/31/2014 | 4:13:18 PM
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meijac,

Have to agree with your sentiments here.Just feel that you should consider Test-Driving Windows Phones now.

They have gotten quite good(I am saying from personal experience) and especially once you get the Hang of them you would'nt want to go back to Android.

That's a Given.

Sure some of the Software Apps they are use are different from Android;but that's to be expected.They are pushing their own products after all.

MSFT have aced this one nicely.Now its just about getting the right Sales traction in place.

Regards

Ashish.
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mejiac,
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7/31/2014 | 2:37:25 PM
Re: Windows Phone 8.1 Update: 7 Key Facts
I think Windows is on the right track. Microsoft knows that it can directly compete againts Android and Iphone, but by strategically targetting other markets that can lead to sales growth is a smart move (similar to how Nintendo pursued the casual gamer with the first Wii).

I think a good step would be for Microsoft to try and provide a concise eco system with there phones and surface tablets.

I won't buy a windows phone, but I would definitly consider and iTouch equivalente
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SachinEE,
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7/31/2014 | 5:39:39 AM
Re: Windows Phone 8.1 Update: 7 Key Facts
The addition of a personalized digital assistant to the operating system is indeed a welcome move. That said, its hard to see how this will shift the focus from iPhone's Siri especially considering the fact that the latter has been in use for way much longer and has many more capabilities. Not to be a critic but, in addition, I think focusing the Cortana to just China and the UK doesn't sound that smart.
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