Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8.1 and some tidbits about Windows 8.1

At a press conference in Barcelona, Microsoft revealed some Windows Phone 8.1 features along with some tidbits about Windows 8.1 ahead of MWC ( Mobile World Congress) 2014.

Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft has given a few details about the next version of Microsoft’s mobile OS : Windows Phone 8.1 .

Microsoft has given a release date of “around spring”

Although the full catalogue of  features hasn’t been revealed yet, quite a few notable ones were announced.

The new update would introduce support for onscreen buttons ( Similar to Android ) and also hardware support for Snapdragon 200, 400 and 400 LTE chipsets which may open the doors for cheaper Windows Phone devices.

Another feature is the ability to install on external storage : That means you can now install apps on your MicroSD card when your internal storage fills up.

Microsoft has also announced Dual SIM support, which may help Microsoft to gain market share in developing areas like India .

The full catalogue of features might be announced at Microsoft’s BUILD conference in April.

Windows 8.1

Windows 8 was a massive failure. A failure that Microsoft had to rectify as soon as possible. Although Windows 8 was innovative in the way that it combined Non Touch and Touch in a single OS, it made many mistakes along the way, such as the exclusion of the start button.

Also, Windows 8 overall felt half baked. With the removal of the start button, a welcoming sight for many users, a part of Microsoft’s legacy was gone. Windows 8 focused on touch users and alienated power users.

According to Microsoft, Windows 8.1 will rectify many of the mistakes that Windows 8 made and will focus on the power user.

No, this doesn’t mean that the touch interface will be any worse but that the touch interface will receive a bit less attention this time. “None of the work we are doing has a negative effect on the touch experience at all, says Belfiore ”“We love touch.”

Like rumors predicted, Windows 8.1 will bring back the start button .

Windows 8 will also be more user friendly for the mouse and keyboard user.

Windows 8.1 will also release around spring with more details at Microsoft’s BUILD developer’s conference in April.

Will Windows 8.1 be successful? Or will it flop like it’s predecessor, Windows 8?

Only time will tell the answer to these questions.

UPDATE : We have done an MWC 2014 roundup where we have rounded up all of MWC 2014’s news in one place for your convenience. Do check it out!

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