Back in April, we listened me speak about how we hold Windows Phone 8.1 is a world’s most personal smartphonebecause of facilities similar to rarely personal Live Tiles upon your Start shade as well as a world’s initial indeed personal digital assistant. Today we am in China to speak about how we’re stability this prophesy in a really initial refurbish to Windows Phone 8.1, which we’re creation accessible in preview form for developers subsequent week. This refurbish has a little good brand brand brand brand new facilities for everybody around a world, as well as in sold we additionally enclosed a little which were utterly customized for as well as by people in China. I’m starting to discuss it we about a integrate of a brand brand brand brand new facilities in this update.
We have been anxious by a fad around Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1. And we’re vehement to have her accessible for people in China as well as a UK with this refurbish as a “beta” as well as in Canada, India, as well as Australia as an “alpha”.
The outrageous Chinese marketplace has a garland of opposite expectations as well as needs than a US or pick countries—so whilst Cortana (nicknamed “Xiao Na”) in all functions a same approach in China as a US as well as a rest of a world, China did get a little “special features”. As you’d expect, in her notebook, she displays what she is tracking for you, so we can see as well as carry out it. You can set reminders as well as still hours with her. She understands a total internet so she straightforwardly helps we find anything we need. But a organisation in Microsoft China grown a series of a single some-more facilities privately for China. She has an pick form which has a opposite visible appearance, animations, as well as sounds. She supports Chinese (Mandarin) in voice, text, as well as speech. She additionally has specialized suggestions tuned privately for people vital in China, similar to air peculiarity report in continue cards, report about pushing restrictions, as well as a capability to lane internal TV shows as well as celebrities. She can demeanour up English difference in a Bing Dictionary for people seeking to brush up upon their English.
Of march wise a local-market isn’t specific to China! For a UK, Cortana has been tailored to await UK spellings as well as pronunciations as well as Bing-provided internal interpretation upon sports teams (for a EPL), a London Stock Exchange, commuter conditions, as well as more. The voice as well as accent is, of course, local, as well as Cortana’s celebrity in a UK has additionally been tweaked to be some-more locally relevant.
We’re additionally bringing a little improvements for Cortana in a U.S., together with brand brand brand brand new healthy denunciation scenarios, fall asleep times for reminders, as well as a series of tidy additions to her celebrity (try asking “do an impersonation” as well as see what happens). We’ve additionally combined a capability to plead Cortana hands-free in your automobile for phones continuous to automobile Bluetooth kits which have been integrated with your contacts list. If your automobile pack is integrated with your contacts, we can right away provide Cortana as a hit to plead her, simply observant “Call Cortana” as well as afterwards articulate to her as we routinely would.
We know there has been a lot of unrestrained about Cortana in most pick markets, as well as we longed for to give some-more people a capability to begin regulating Cortana. Therefore, we’re additionally starting a brand brand brand brand new “alpha” module in 3 countries: Canada, India, as well as Australia. This early adopter module will be opt-in as well as give people a capability to try Cortana regulating English denunciation models from a US as well as a UK.
You asked for it! You can right away classify your apps in to folders upon your Start screen! We call this Live Folders since a live tiles of apps crop up in a tile of a folders—you won’t skip tile updates since we organisation apps in a folder! To emanate a Live Folder, only draw towards a tile over an additional tile as well as afterwards name a folder. Open a printed matter to shift a printed matter name as well as prepare as well as distance a tiles however we want.
Xbox Music: Faster as well as with some-more features
The Xbox Music app has been updated to broach most improved opening in areas similar to app bucket as well as list scrolling. It’s additionally brought behind facilities which were blank in a Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers. From credentials sync of your collection, to appropriate to advance, a product has been ceaselessly adding facilities in each dual weeks for a past couple of months. And in a entrance month, there will be a “quickplay” of new playback activities, as well as await for Kids Corner. Some of these features/improvements have been already there in a ultimate Xbox Music app with a Windows Phone 8.1 release, though a little (Live Tile in particular) have been specific to a Windows Phone 8.1 Update. More to come!
Store Live Tile:
We done it simpler for we to see a ultimate info about a ultimate apps as well as games accessible in a Windows Phone Store by a Live Tile. If we have a Store pinned to your Start shade upon your device, you’ll get updates upon a newest titles – rested each 6 hours – streamed boldly to we via your day.
SMS combine & forwarding:
We have combined a capability to name mixed SMS messages for erasure as well as forwarding, creation it simpler to conduct your content messages.
With Apps Corner, we can mention which apps have been displayed in a special “sandboxed” mode (like a stable Start screen) which restricts which apps have been used. This underline is for businesses so they can concede entrance to name apps in cases where a full MDM resolution isn’t required. Apps Corner can additionally be used to foot true to an app. An e.g. of where this unfolding would come in accessible competence be with employees during a placement core regulating Windows Phone inclination which go true in to an register app they make use of to indicate products in a room when they spin upon their phone. Apps Corner can additionally be used to setup sell demos. Retailers can trade a form of Apps Corner upon a single device as well as import it upon to pick devices. And developers can get interpretation upon use from inside Apps Corner too.
Enhanced remoteness as well as security:
We’ve done a little improvements in a Windows Phone 8.1 Update to keep your interpretation as well as temperament some-more stable upon open networks. For example, we have combined a capability for we to send as well as embrace interpretation by a practical in isolation network (VPN) when joining to Wi-Fi hotspots giving we an additional covering of protection. If you’re upon your home wireless, formulating a VPN provides anonymity to assistance defense your device from being identified by pick inclination upon a network.
When can we get a Windows Phone 8.1 Update?
If you’re already upon a Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers afterwards this refurbish should be rolling out subsequent week. The Windows Phone 8.1 Update will hurl out to consumers with inclination using Windows Phone 8.1 in a entrance months. As always, keep sending us your feedback here upon UserVoice! Enjoy a update!