What's Included in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1

What's Included in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1

Labeled just as "Update" like Microsoft has attempted to do with Windows 8.1, Microsoft has now posted up the full contents of the new features in Windows Phone 8.1 Update. Everyone in the Preview Developer program should have been able to receive the update starting on Monday – well, except HTC users. HTC is working on a fix for 8X devices, but not the 8S.

Microsoft has now updated the Windows Phone 8 history page to show what's included in Update 1. If you've installed the update, you've probably noticed the major new features like Folders and Apps Corner, but there are a few features that you have to look hard to find. One particular and exciting feature of note is the addition of Accessory Apps. Accessory Apps paves the way for gadgets, like smart covers and smartwatches, that will be able to communicate directly with Windows Phone 8.1.

If you're not in the Developer Preview program, it's easy to join up. Paul has outlined the steps HERE.

The full Update history page is here: Windows Phone 8 update history

Here's the list:

Folders. Folders let 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.

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 smart watch, 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.

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