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Microsoft details upcoming Windows Phone software update

Microsoft has taken the opportunity to discuss its future update plans with the Lumia 925 running a yet-to-be-released version of Windows Phone 8.While probably not the final build, the release is set to be rolled out to consumers later this summer, which will introduce a number of features and improvements. So what can you look forward to?

First of all we have support for FM radio, which will please those who have been looking for a solution to tune into local stations using their Windows Phones. Another big feature is Data Sense being activated with and supported by more mobile operators (though we've not had any names provided just yet). The update also makes it easier to select, download and pin tracks in Xbox Music.

It's noted that "hundreds" of small quality improvements will also be bundled and those who rely on Google services will be able to continue using Windows Phone and accounts with calDAV and CardDAV. Not the biggest update we've seen, but at least Microsoft is looking to address concerns and fix issues that have been raised (some more than once).

Source: Windows Phone Blog

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237 Comments
  • Yipee! Can't wait for FM radio :)
  • Me too, FM Radio ♥ ;-)
  • :D
    Does anyone have a list of those little updates? Or when can we except one?
  • I hope it's all the things we've been asking for like rotation lock, separate volume sliders etc.
  • If the big feature being touted is enabling the FM feature from WP7, I wouldn't count on any of those other things.
  • expect  I know its a darn keboard auto correct issue!
  • They have the best auto correct I've seen compared to other OSes (Android, iOS, WebOS).
  • Have you tried SwiftKey? It's very good.
  • No swiftkey type shit for the WP keyboard please (put as an option maybe, but not default). This is hands down the best keyboard I have ever used and I have used a lot of them (except the one on the Z10)
    While they may be able to improve the current word prediction, the next word prediction is a lifesaver, its just freakily accurate. Eat that on the swiftkey that doent even learn grammar that well. The WP keyboard "learns" visibly over time even when you dont add those words into the dictionary.
  • Its creepy sometimes as well. When I type any number but 3, it doesn't suggest anything. But when I type 3, it suggests "3 -> Chocolate -> Chip -> Cookies" Because I always tell my friend to get me some from Subway. None of my Android or iOS friends phones do that.
  • Yep. This  is precisely what i was talking about. Its so useful that I cannot overstate its impact. It learns *your* language and your grammar over time with no separate effort. Its worthy of having an advertisement on this feature alone.
    Some of mine are:
    g -> Good -> morning 
    I -> I'm -> on -> the -> bus -> to -> <dgfjkhsagf>
    and many others that are obviously too personal to share :D
  • Heck yeah it is!
  • The WP keyboard needs something similar. Where it guesses the next word, but when you hit space it fills it in. Also, the guessed word is in the middle, bolded.
  • I'd disagree. Though the keyboard is extreamly smooth, its auto correct features arnt upto par and I find myself having to re-write a lot of mistakes if i do decide to let go. Some android addon keyboards are amazing, even though they wernt that smooth.
  • true! and predictive text!...
  • Unfortunately not, but international podcast support is one of them...
  • Finally, MS have realised that people outside the US listen to podcasts as well. How long did that take them?
  • Yay. My WP8 phone will finally be able to do most of the things my WP7 phone could! Someday, we'll even be able to manage music and video on our phones. Maybe even wirelessly!
  • Now that's just crazy talk. What do you think this is, 2010?
  • Ahahahaha‼ :)
  • Notification center, no?
  • Depends if they have finished it or not. My guess is either they are working on it but wont roll it out untill its perfect. Or They will drop it and show support for the 3rd party apps like unification.
  • Yeah they run out of time last fall, they didn't find the time to finish it since then! Jesus!
  • Yup 9 months since Portico's release when this update comes out and they implemented all these awesome new features!!! FM Radio Podcasts outside the U.S. Changed some registry entries to enable Data Sense on a few more carriers CalDAV and cardDAV 9 fucking months to implement that? Do they have 3 people working on WP?
  • Microsoft should hire a software development company to help them with Windows Phone. Kids Corner is the biggest new feature since Mango came out two years ago.
  • There's a 0% chance Microsoft will support Unification.
  • I wouldn't bet on it for any of these GDR. Although I would for the 8.1/Blue release.
  • There's a difference?
  • yep GDR's minor updates for fixes, enhencement and small features  blue is the biggest update everyone waiting for
  • Blue will be announced in September to try and steal thunder from iPhone 6. Available in late October. Just like every year - regular as clockwork.
  • Blue as defined by Microsoft today, is the working name of the Windows 8/RT 8.1 update to be released as a preview in June and as a final probably not long after. Regardless of what people around here want to believe, it is nothing more than a code name for a Windows development cycle. People really need to stop turning opnion and baseless rumors about Blue into facts. Oh BTW, where is your proof to state anything will be released in September to steal Apple's thunder? Seems like more idle speculation being presented as if it is reality....
  • Please check today's parallel blog post regarding Windows 8/RT as to what Blue really represents. Microsoft has stated rather clearly that Blue is the Wndows 8/RT 8.1 update that will go to release preview in June.
  • Joe B has been late to work the past few weeks, and he is actually the only person who works on Windows Phone.
  • FM Radio, finally!  Do we know if a system cache cleaner will be added to this update??
  • I really hope so. Other storage is driving me insane. It is almost laughing at me. Microsoft has to do something about it but it is weird they didn't said something about it in this article.
  • Just make sure Verizon gets group messaging. What an outrageous, inexplicable omission..
  • Group messaging is handled through MMS...is there something wrong with the Verizon MMS settings?
  • idk what it is, but on my trophy i have no issues with group messaging, but on my dad's 822 there is no option under the messaging settings to say "handle group texts with mms" like it does on my phone. so when my dad receives a message that was meant for a group, he gets a lone text just from the person who started it and anyone who replies to it he gets as individual messages separated into contact specific threads instead of looking like a chat room.
  • Yes the Verizon WP8 devices can't do group messaging. I forget if its locked and off or missing from phone settings but it sucks
  • Verizon don't allow group messaging for new phones and, apparently, will be discontinuing it for older phones.
  • Still no Xbox video for WP8?
  • Really...i have been waiting for that so long...
  • I can't believe WP8 didn't ship with this especially since they were pushing the 3 screens ads.  Xbox video is probably the feature I am missing the most.  It better come by at least the next major OS update. 
  • Ya MS is confusing themselves. 
  • Xbox video missing off WP8 is the elephant in the room that Microsoft refuses to acknowledge. If it was going to be fixed in blue they would have mentioned it. Microsoft really squandered this opportunity.
  • I would argue that Xbox Music being broken is the real elephant in the room. Lag, duplicate tracks, DRM issues, etc. Zune on WP7 was flawless.
  • Its why I went back to the droid and I paid FP for my 920...ugh!
     
  • Were can we find data sense availability of which carriers do support it mtn won't probably -_-
  • Please reply rich :(
  • I think he might be a bit worse for wear at the moment...
  • I'd love for datasense to come to Rogers. I almost always go over my bandwidth and I have no idea what app is doing it.
  • I'd like the data monitoring aspect to be available to everyone. As my carrier (Telstra) have said they have no interest in implementing it. I don't care about the data compression side, I just want to know what's eating my data!
  • Indeed. In the Netherlands no single carrier shows love for wp8. They just give us the unlocked versions (which is nice so we get al updates without the carriers have to test them first) but no data sense and other carrier related stuff.
  • Can't wait for data sense hope this is provided to all WP users! Glad this is finally coming to WP after speaking with Nokia, MS and EE seemed like this would never become available - all passed the buck to one another.
  • I want custom SMS tones ☹
  • Ill take those too
  • Me too. Is this definitely not happening??
  • I'd be so happy if they make that option available.
  • +1
  • +5
  • +10000000000
  • Slightly disappointed . Was expecting more
  • +1
  • +2
  • +3
  • Small update it seems. 
     
    Anyway, i think i read somewhere 620s will not get FM since the phone has no FM radio thing
  • This is true.
  • which is freaking hilarious since that phone is aimed at developing markets.
  • Try Tueln Radio. It provides radio on stream.
  • It looks like you will be able to launch a camera lens by default when clicking the camera button. For instance launch the Fotoroom camera lens by default.
  • This will be a nice touch!
     
  • Seems to be so pathetic. Lacks Vpn. Lacks  No week view in calendar. No custom Sounds. No multiple volumes. No notification Center, 
    Fanboys will get mad. But the truth is that Windows Phone compared to latest android and IOS is almost a feature phone with a huge lack of API's and etc.
    And the worst, that MS although all the user voice doesn't even care. Nokia is dying, can't even release a full hd phone, only because MS fault on  release nice Windows Phone upgrade.  The shareholders last meeting was right, Nokia will die in this way. The best OEM, dying with such policy. What bad choose Elop. 
  • How do you know that none of those small changes don't address some of those? Separate volume and week view are fairly small features.
  • Because not. It says so. This small updates is only for fixing and improving performance. You can check in any website that is talking about this update. The sad truth we got compared to latest android and IOS  API's , almost a featured phone. It doesn't suprise me that is so smooth. Lacks a lot of things.
  • where does it "say so"? srsly I see you complaining the whole week whats wrong with you? pls do us a favor and just stop! There is no website that knows even a tad bit more about this update than wpcentral... gosh I hate trolls
  • I am not trolling, you can look in article source and other sites.
  • You sir, are an idiot. So adding FM radio, international podcast support and many more bits is just improving performance and bug fixing? u dont even know what the update is actually about. Wait ,look what it is about and then complain.
  • Adding podcast and fm radio is just doing what even a feature phone can do and by some odd reason wp8 cant.
  • You are wrong.  It says in the article there are small updates for "quality" which could very well mean small features.  I could be wrong of course, but you are certainly wrong because you claim the article says it's only for performance, which it doesn't.
  • They absolutely are not.  The calendar on WP is terrible and there are no 3rd party apps that work with Exchange to use in its stead.  Seperate volume controls is absolutely fundamental to a pleasant phone experience.  Does the phone work without it?  Sure.  But it is a royal PITA.
     
    Some things, like driver support for the FM radio, must come from MS.  But, as the poster alludes, MS needn't fix all of WP8's issues.  Many things could be fixed just by providing the needed APIs.  If 3rd parties could access the phone's calendar data, for instance, no Exchange support would be needed (since the phone would supply it), and we might get a week-view in the store.
     
    The lousy browser could be fixed by letting real 3rd party browsers into the store...if they could, I'm sure FF would be ported overnight.
  • The truth. No better description. 
  • Even feature phones have more basic features than wp. MS has made it pos.... I mean, c'mon people it's 2013 and FMRadio is not new feature, MS is giving back that feature.Release video api, provide file manager. It must be tactic of MS not to support WP and let Nokia die and then acquire it peacefully.... Nokia should have continued meego research, this giant doesn't care about users, whay's Nokia for it.....
  • Why don't u people enjoy the OS as it is instead of cribbing of some features ..
  • Because it doesn't even can be called an OS compared to latest Android and IOS. The worst that many users ask for simple features using the MS channels and they still do this poor job.
     
  • First, you are aruging about an unreleased version that Microsoft doesn't even have all the details about.
    Second, if you bought the phone then be happy with the phone you bought.  Otherwise, there are other options for you out there if it really makes you this upset to hear about the details of something we know very little about at this point.
     
    In other words, take a chill pill.  You'll live longer.
  • Thinking in this I guess you should be well served with a feature phone. Did you buy one? 
  • We prefer NOT to compare it to iOS or Android.
    It's like comparing a Ferrari to a station wagon..... Yeah a station wagon can hold more, but a Ferrari is sleak, elegant and beautiful!!!
  • I agree when you talk about android. But IOS is smooth, elegant and beautiful too. And has apps and nice features. 
  • Why do you use it then? I'm not really "missing" as much as you obviously are. Its not about grass in greener, iEnvy for me, though. Calling it a "feature phone" or saying that it isn't an OS at all, is just hyperbole because it doesn't have something that YOU want it to. I have a wish list fir the OS myself, but I don't see the productive poi t of having a tantrum about it.
  • Exactly, better still would be to add their complaints to http://windowsphone.uservoice.com/forums/101801-feature-suggestions instead of whining on here about a perceived lack of features!!?!
  • did shout there manier times......Nothing happens.....
  • I can't agree more. Nokia is dying, releasing wonderful smartphones, wonderful cameras, but with a terrible OS. It lacks everything. The BB10.1 will offer HDR for BB10 and other nice features. Microsoft offers FM Radio. hehehehehe.
     
    I have to laugh to not cry....
  • Can't help but to agree! The OS is looking old compared too the new GS4 and HTC ONE!
  • Like other posters have said...  This is not 8.1 this is 8.0.2.  8.1 will have the next big set of features.
  • While I like WP (using 7.8) I have to agree with this.
    My old LG Lotus (look it up... not exactly a high-end or popular phone) had MORE basic features than even WP8 does. That's nuts. It's crazy that the Lotus had contact-specific vibrations, and WP does not. It's crazy that the Lotus had a file manager, while WP does not. It's crazy that the Lotus had individual volume controls (AND a completely silent mode)  while WP does not (why??)
    I've complained about this before, but it's really a mystery.
    And yes, FM radio was removed, and then added back in. That should never count as a new feature.
  • I can't understand that either. It is like we are dev community, like the XDA's roms. We beg for some feature, and they decide if they will losing their time listen us. It is like Windows Phone team is running in a garage with some guys that believes that understand about development.
  • And from 7.8 I missed screenshot option. It is terrible to not have it. Who cares doing a nice job playing games if you can't share to your friends your scores.
  • I agree with you. Nokia should have just continued developing Meego, it has such a great potential.
  • many of these concerns will be addressed, but not in this update.  1080p support is coming in the following update.  Notification center is coming possibly with WP Blue.  Week view and volume control are some of the most requested features and I am sure will come, but they are not a priority as of yet compared to much more fundamental changes being made to the OS.
    This is a minor update, but the 2nd update of 3 minor updates for the year with a major update coming at the end of this year or the beginning of next.  MS is playing catch up, that is true, but they are catching up very quickly.  I am not seeing iOS or Android push so many feature updates every year.  iOS lacks direction, and Android is going through its own issues while it starts the process of merging with Chrome, and MS is making good progress right now.
    As for Nokia, not all is lost yet.  Last year was rough for sure, but sales are picking up, and efforts are paying off.  Moving to Android would have been a bad move.  Android is a saturated and highly competitive market to break into, and Nokia would have been lost in all of the noise.  Nokia may die with MS, but they would already be dead if they went with Android, and there is no way they could make all of the cuts they made in the last year while supporting 2 ecosystems.  If they had to choose one, then MS was the right choice for the time.
  • If week view and volume control are the most requested features then they should be a priority. A friend of mine is dating a MS programmer and recently I asked him why WP doesn't have week view and his response was "why would you need that?" How much longer is MS going to tell me what I do and don't want before they actually start listening to me?
  • How can you say MS is catching up quickly? I started with WP shortly after NoDo and upgraded to Mango in Summer 2011. Since then the biggest new features have been Kids Corner and resizable tiles. It is incredible that MS has neglected the platform like this and makes me wonder if they have any full time WP developers.
    You might say that replacing the kernel was a big feature, but it hasn't been so far. WP8 doesn't seem to have any benefit from it and doesn't even share the same UX as Windows RT. Maybe Microsoft should introduce the team that works on Windows RT to the Windows Phone developer. They could have lunch or something and talk about how they can share code or interface design.
  • Pretty pleasing. Just wish it would either overhaul Xbox music and have it rival Zune (as in all that metadata and stuff) or bring back Zune. But the big stuff is what the fall update is for, right? I wonder what that update will be called? In keeping tradition with last letter "o" words, I vote for Windows Phone 9 to be called Shango. Look up that word and one would probably see why I'm calling WP9 that. When it comes, I'll be playing Masters of the Universe by Juno Reactor off their album "Shango". Laugh if you want, but look up the meaning of Shango and it'll be very comparable to Apollo (WP8).
  • or WP Django - The Unchained Update (or Edition?)  =)
  • lol....lol...lol...lol.......I am dying read this...lol...lol...lol. My tuesday changed. hahahahahahahhahahhaahahha
  • haha glad it made someone laugh!
  • After reading this pathetic update, your joke saved the day.
  • lmao. MS is slow, and so i guess people shouldn't set such super high expectations for what is really only supposed to be a minimal, incremental update.  all the cool stuff will come at summer's end with the "Blue" update.
  • I hope so....
  • i mean, some of these features NEED to come if MS wants the platform to survive and be profitable. so i think it would be safe to say they will eventually come, MS is just slow. i'm jus thappy what theydo get around to put out is of good quality and not rushed. i couldn't be happier with my experience on my current phone, so it can only get better.
  • Being slow isn't excuse. They're not taking WP seriously.
  • relax i wasnt making an excuse for them lol. i was stating a fact. they are slow. doesn't mean the features/updates won't come, though. you want a phone that has some of the missing features you desire/require to be in WP, then go with another phone, no?
  • Although my mad around MS and even Nokia sometimes, I just do that because like early adopters we need to be critics around them, otherwise they will not be improved. Google for example improved android experience applying V-Sync and Triple buffering in their OS. Right now you only get 3 or 5 forced closed per week not the 10 up to 20 forced closes per day in the first android releases. IOS got notification center and has nice features. I guess Windows Phone is trying to follow IOS example, offering better experience than fast updates.
  • yea who knows, as long as they get done what they aim to.  i started with my htc trophy 2 years ago just after the no-do update, so i know what it's like to be an early adopter.  being critical is fine, but a lot of people whine. whining and ranting and complaining won't get the updates out faster. and if someone is that uptight over it that they need to whine then why not just go use an android or iphone and then they would have no need to whine.  like i said, i have no complaints with my experience thus far and any big updates/improvements can only make my experience even better.
  • SHANGO, hahah!!! The god of thunder in Yoruba mythology.
  • Yaawwwn. Did they at least add smart playlists to Xbox music? The new and replacently played section is a mess compared to how I used to set up my autoplaylists on wp7 sighs....
  • So slow MS...
  • I'll be happy if xbox music finally works and makes managing music on the device easier.  Playlist download!
  • +1000
  • That's all I want
  • I don't give a damn about FM Radio. This isn't the 50's.
    That said, finally Data Sense! It's not like that was announced as a core feature of WP8 almost a year ago or anything... Also, I want a solution to the Others problem. I think that's more important than radio. Curiously, Microsoft announced the Blue Update for Windows 8 in June...
  • We don't really need a notification center. That's why we have live tiles but if they do i would want it by swiping left and not from the top like ios and android. I just hope they can stop the random reboots.
  • Using Lumia 920 since 3 weeks .. Not a single reboot but my phone hanged for the first time yesterday
  • What about all the apps you don't have pinned?
  • Yes, we do need a notification center
  • Yep live tiles R your notifications. But I think the proper term is "Toast History". Swipe the screen to the right and get a list of missed toasts. They are so quick to disappear and some, ESPN are too long and I can read scores. But a toasts history, screen left of the start screen would be nice.
  • That's exactly what i would like :)
  • I agree with jasqid.. It would be very convenient if we can view our missed toasts.
  • Great description. "Toast History" would take care of the issue of missing toast notifications for apps that are not pinned to start screen, and the swipe of home screen to the right is a currently unused gesture. Makes perfect sense.
  • Of course we need it! For example if you have tons of live tiles on your screen, you don't use viber often so you don't have it there, I text you in viber you miss the notification and then what? You reply a month later I guess.. :P
  • Unless you have every app on the start screen, you need a notification center to know they sent a notification...
  • exactly.
  • U know what I'm tired of all these people saying that we don't need a notifications center... I miss so many messages because we don't have one, so please stop and speak for yourself. If u don't want it or like it then simple, DON'T USE IT! MAN!
  • I think the issue is that people that don't see a need for it, don't understand why some people want it. I am one of the people that don't understand the necessity. I don't have any apps that provide notifications that aren't pinned and I check my social networks every few hours. I can't really see a necessity for a notification center outside of that. Why would I want to check another screen that would tell me that I have to go to another app because something new happened rather than just checking that app in the first place?
  • We do need a notification centre, because at the moment when you hear a toast alert it's a friggin race to whip the phone out and see what it says before it's gone forever.  It's just a total fail if the app is not pinned, or it is pinned and the background task is not running for whatever reason, or the app maker did toast alerts but not tile updates.
    Also, your phone must have a hardware fault, you should get it replaced.  I've had my Lumia 920 for over 5 months and never had a random reboot.  It has hung maybe 5 or 6 times (twice caused by Nokia Music + Flight Mode).
     
  • Yeah we do need one, desperately. I don't want all my apps on my him screen, and even if I did, I don't want to have to scroll endlessly just to see them! Further, while i agree a that a swipe from the left bezel should bring up notification center from any area of the phone, truth is I don't really care if it's from the top, bottom, or whatever as long as we get a notification center and it works well.
  • why are we even having this conversation setill? They said it missed the cut on the last update and so i expected it to be in the next release. If the only just ran out of time (Joe B made it sound that way not me) and they are doing a roll out then if it isnt there they are going to extra effort to hold it back. Why? probably to make wp blue look good but thats stupid we just need to keep the user base happy and recommending it to friends. New features, a steady stream is what a new eco system needs to help build momentum esp for devs.
  • Well the time for talking is over i think we should hit this hard with a major and i mean major leaflet campaign
  • I mean swiping right so it appears on the left. :)
  • dammit, I was hoping for Bluetooth 4.0 :/
  • 2 questions for me:
    1. will Other finally be fixed.
    2. will T Mo push this to the 8x and 810 now that they've EOL'd them.  We have one of each, and I'm afraid I'm going to be SOL. 
  • And I haven't got 1308 yet. Really frustrating. I don't want to have to reset my phone to fix the damn proximity sensor.
  • just give me notifications and ill be happy
  • Where is number #1 uservoice demanded feature for sound profiles? Without this, the phone is useless - where I need to have sound for all the mails or for none of them. I don't know how many years its going to take for it to come on this platform!!!
  • The mountains will be moved, the skies will be turned, the oceans might be frozen, the mankind will be in danger, but you will see MS releasing FM radio fix on the next update.
  • +1
  • LoL, Nokia should adopt WP team and MS should pump some $ there,and pfff,a miracle, this platform will rule smartphone industry for decades......
  • I hope they get everything we've been asking for implemented this year!! Because if not I think I'm done with them until they learn how to compete in a smart phone market..lol!
  • I feel the same way but will probably still be here this time next year ;)
  • Custom notifications, separate volume controls, rotation lock, the ability to silence the keyboard... These all need to be in the update.
  • but you can silence the keyboard already o.O
  • My keyboard has been silenced - simple setting on Nokia L920.
  • Just so freaking stupid they still haven't implemented a simple screen rotation lock. It isn't that hard but they just don't do it. One single button next to the volume (when you press the volume buttons), is that too much to ask?
  • What about Xbox video?