Not overly detailed as far as these things usually go, but Microsoft have just released the official Windows 8.1 Update 1 changelog, going over some of the more important changes.

This new version comes with a lot of enhancements, however, people bold enough to update their handsets to version 8.10.14141.167 or 8.10.14147.180 of Windows Phone might not be able to catch up on all the improvements that are under the hood.

The update history page contains a selection of some of these:

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.

The new mobile operating system is still in developer preview stage, by the way, and was released for compatible handsets at the start of this week. Global rollout is expected in the coming months.

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  1. It’s about time they added selection, but it would have been great if you’re able to do the selection after you do a search for calls and text. No one wants to scroll through a bunch of things if they have a lot of selections to make. But overall these are some nice additions

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