Windows Phone users can rejoice, as you are going to have your hands on the new update very shortly. Microsoft has leaked that they plan to release the new 8.1 update within the first two weeks of July to select (most) 7.0 and 8.0 users. Of course, this may not mean you will be getting it since most users will have to wait until their ISP releases their own version of it. Until then, all developer unlocked phones will be able to take advantage of the update (or in most cases have already been using it).
The new update comes packed with a lot of the features requested on Microsoft’s voice/vote website, including the ability to search your text messages, more tiles space, a notification center, app folder feature, new store design, automatic app updates (optional), updates to calendar app – camera – bing – browser and more, file manager and so much more.
The most noticeable change is the availability of the new voice command/AI “Cortana” from Halo video games, which will act as your personal assistance across multiple devices (eventually), including phones, tablets, PCs and the Xbox One console.
So many wanted changes will be provided with the new update, and users across the world have been waiting (im)patiently hoping that this will give Windows Phone the shift it needs to compete with its adversaries.
Hopefully the ISPs won’t drag their feet too long before allowing the update to their customers. AT&T in particular has been known for doing this in the past.