Hands On With Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft’s Updated Smartphone OS

TechCrunch

Microsoft announced a slew of updates to the Windows Phone platform at its recent Build developer conference. Apart from the new features, Microsoft also decided to sell Windows Phone to mobile OEMs for the firm cost of nil, and the devices and services company also brought Windows and Windows Phone app together with its new “universal” application framework.

The developer and manufacturer stuff is all well and good, and important, but let’s focus today on what is new inside of Windows Phone 8.1, and why it matters. As a side note, if you are a developer, you can grab the goodies now. If you are not, chill, and read on.

What It Is

As with most incremental updates, Windows Phone 8.1 makes what came before better by making past experiences smoother, as well as adding new capabilities. To call Windows Phone 8.1 incremental is almost too small, as it contains quite a bit that…

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