Windows Phone 8.1: The 5 Best Features of Microsoft’s New OS

The developer release of Windows Phone 8.1 shows Microsoft is serious about mobile

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Windows Phone 8.1: The 5 Best Features of Microsoft’s New OS

The 5 Best Features of Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1: Overall Improvements

When a company releases an update to its mobile operating system, the spotlight features tend to get the attention, but the other little changes are what make a long-lasting impression.

Windows Phone 8.1 Improvements Windows Phone 8.1: The 5 Best Features of Microsoft’s New OS
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For example, Siri was the star of iOS 5, but once iPhone users tired of playing with voice recognition, it was the other improvements — like iMessages, wireless iTunes syncing, Twitter integration, banner notifications and camera access from the lock screen — that really made using an iPhone a better experience.

Microsoft has gone all out on Windows 8.1, to the point where it almost feels like a new operating system instead of an upgrade. Dozens of functions and features have been tweaked, from camera functionality to the Word Flow keyboard, web browser and Start Screen customization — even the Windows Phone App Store has been overhauled.

With all the improvements and the addition of marquee features like Cortana, Windows Phone 8.1 is poised to give Microsoft the mobile boost it’s going to need in order to keep growing its smartphone market share.

Windows 8.1 looks like a solid upgrade. Combined with the recent decision to stop charging smartphone manufacturers for Windows Phone licenses and an app store that’s grown to 240,000 titles, the idea that Windows Phone could eventually hit double-digit market share no longer seems like a pipe dream.

As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.


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