Microsoft has just announced that both Windows Phone 8.1 and the Windows 8.1 Update 1 will be coming out this spring. While Windows 8.1 aims at making the operating system easier for the keyboard and mouse users, the Windows Phone 8.1 Update in addition, will bring loads of enticing new features as well.

At the company’s event, Microsoft’s Vice President Joe Belfiore told the press that Windows Phone will soon be getting support for Dual-SIM cards. This addition will really come in handy for markets such as India, where there is a huge demand for such phones. In addition, Windows Phone 8 users can also rejoice, since all the devices, from entry-level to the top, will be upgradable to the new update. It is noteworthy to mention that this wasn’t the case for Windows Phone 7 users when Windows Phone 8 rolled out.

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Belfiore also noted that Microsoft is going into a partnership with many more OEMs, including India’s Karbonn and Xolo, alongside Samsung, HTC, Lenovo, LG, ZTE, Huawei, JSR, Longcheer for future Windows Phone expansion.

Coming to the desktop, the new update will supposedly make the operating system’s footprint lighter, and improve the user experience for people who use mouse and keyboard. This all shall happen without compromising the essence of touchscreens.

Windows 8.1

We have written in detail about the features you can expect in Windows 8.1 Update 1, which you can check out here.

Windows Phone 8.1 brings many exciting features with it. Some of them include, a new notification hub called Action Center, which will allow users to deal with app-based notifications and grant easy access to WiFi and Bluetooth. It is also bringing a Universal app which will find a common ground between Windows Phone Store and Windows 8 Store. Rumors are rife that a voice assistance app, Cortana can come along as well.

Microsoft has a Developer Conference BUILD scheduled for April 2-4th. You can expect the roll out there.


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