Today, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore made Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 official, leaving no room for rumors anymore. This update will be available for developers from next week  and has many new features for everyone around the world, says the blog post followed by introduction on a few new features that arrive with this update. However, for the users who are not under the preview for developers version of Windows Phone 8.1, this update will roll out in the coming months.


First mentioned is the Cortana, Microsoft’s Personal digital assistant for Windows Phone. Cortana will be meeting people from China and UK in the “beta” form while the people of India, Canada and Australia meet her as an “alpha”.

READ ALSO: Cortana expands to China, UK in “Beta” and to India, Canada and Australia in “alpha”.

Live Folders:

live folders for windows phone 8.1

Apps can be organized into folders on the Start screen for easy access. These are called Live Folders. To create a Live Folder, all the user need to do is drag a tile over the other and name the folder. Opening the folder gives options like changing the name of the folder and also arranging the tiles and their size according to the wish of the user.

READ ALSO: Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 to bring folders support and more

Xbox Music:

xbox music update windows phone 8.1 update 1

Xbox Music app is updated and gives a better performance in areas like app load ans scrolling. It also brought some of the features back that were missing in the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers. Microsoft promises there is more to come to the Xbox Music while in the coming month, there will be a “quickplay” of recent playback activities, and support for Kids Corner.

Store Live Tile:

Live Store tile

The latest app info and the app updates from the Windows Phone Store will be now easier to find with the Store Live tile.  The updates on the live tile of the Store will be refreshed every six hours, provided the app is pinned to the Start screen of the Windows Phone.

SMS Merge & forwarding:

SMS merge windows phone 8.1 update 1

Multiple SMS can be selected for deletion and forwarding – this makes access of messages even more easier!

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