The Windows Phone team has been silently at work on an entire revolution. The Windows Phone 8 reboot was a massive departure from the wild days of Windows Phone 7.
But with the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 upgrade, Microsoft looks all set to deliver what is shaping up to be the most important update in the history of updates — this refresh brings so much to the mobile operating system that it is pretty much unmatched.
One of the biggest challenges for the company is to refine all the areas of the mobile OS in order to ensure as satisfying a user experience as possible. Features are fine, function is what matters the most.
And as these new images show, Microsoft has completely overhauled the Store feature on handsets. These screenshots are said to be from a near final release of Windows Phone 8.1, but some final tweaks cannot be discounted by the time the operating system hits RTM.
Take a look at them below:
From capitalized words to panes like ‘Quick Links’ with multiple apps, ‘Categories’ with grouped applications, and the ‘Personalized’ section for recommendations, the idea seems simple enough.
And that is promoting new and high quality mobile applications.
It also shares many a similarities between the Windows Store on Windows 8.1, which should come as no surprise as Microsoft is keen on merging the two repositories together in more ways than one.
Users will also be able to check for updates via the ‘My apps’ section, see active downloads in the ‘Downloads’ panel, among others new additions. App updates can automatically be deployed when within WiFi range, and Windows Phone 8.1 users will also get better app suggestions by location.
If this is not delivering on promises, I don’t know what is. What do you guys think?