Finally, some confirmation! Microsoft have officially announced the availability of the first major update of Windows Phone 8.1, which has been in the news these past few weeks as Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1.
This new version of the mobile operating system will be released via the company’s Developer Preview program next week — Redmond’s own Joe Belfiore made this official.
This is what he said in a new blog post:
“If you’re already on the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers then this update should be rolling out next week. The Windows Phone 8.1 Update will roll out to consumers with devices running Windows Phone 8.1 in the coming months.”
He also talked about the variety of new features and capabilities that will be available for all users, while highlighting a number of customizations aimed at users in China.
Features like Live Folders are included in this update, allowing users the ability to effortlessly organize their apps into folders on the Start Screen. The Windows Phone Store will also get a dedicated Live Tile in this update to keep users up to date on new apps and games for their smartphones.
Performance improvements are also in for the Xbox Music app, which now offers faster loading times and list scrolling. Additionally, users that deploy this version of the mobile OS will also enable users to select, delete and forward multiple SMS messages.
Belfiore also talks about brining Cortana to new markets, including locations like Australia, Canada, China, India and the United Kingdom.