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Our top five features of Windows Phone 8.1

There has definitely been a build-up of excitement surrounding the release of the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers. The update will bring a wide assortment of new features to our Windows Phones ranging from Cortana to a new Start Screen design.

But what are the top five new features coming to the table with Windows Phone 8.1? This question has been hashed out in the WPCentral Forums, in our comments, around the water cooler at work and probably over raw fish at the local sushi bar.

After the break, we’ll tap five of the new features that we think are the best with Windows Phone 8.1.

#1 Cortana

Cortana may be the most anticipated feature of Windows Phone 8.1. The intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator will first arrive as a beta for the U.S. market and slowly take over the globe.

Cortana will find its way to our Windows Phones with a built-in fan base being named after the fictional artificial intelligence character from the popular video game Halo. The new feature has already made the talk show circuit appearing on Arsenio Hall and the Tonight Show.

As far as functionality is concerned, Cortana will have the ability, through voice commands or type interface, to help you plan your day, check in on the weather and figure out what a bilby is.

Notification Center

#2 Notification Center

One of the great features of Windows Phone platform is toast notifications. The little banners slide across the top of your screen to alert you of new SMS messages, sports scores, Instagram likes, weather information and more.

But all too often you hear the sound alert for the toast and by the time you get your phone out of your pocket or walk across the room to see what’s going on, that darn little banner disappears. The new Action and Notification center will make this problem, dare I say, toast. The notification center will store previous messages for you to review and delete as needed. On top of that, you'll get a few customizable quick access tiles for your Windows Phone settings.

MicroSD Card Settings

#3 Installing Apps/Games to a Micro SD card

Granted, to enjoy this feature you will need a Windows Phone with a Micro SD card slot, but for those who do, being able to install games and apps to the card will help you manage your on-board memory with more efficiency.

Windows Phone 8.1 Camera Quick Access

#4 Camera Improvements

Being a photographer from another life, I have thoroughly enjoyed watching our Windows Phone cameras develop over the years. While we’ve seen tremendous advances in the camera hardware, the software improvements haven’t been too shabby either.

Windows Phone 8.1 will bring a handful of improvements to our camera experience that includes a new camera interface with configurable quick access buttons for the settings and a burst mode. The changes make sense and make the camera more usable.

I have to admit, it will be nice to access key settings directly from the viewfinder. It could be rather cumbersome to have to pull up the settings from the three-dot menu every time you needed to change the ISO or camera mode.

Windows Phone 8.1 Calendar

#5 Calendar Improvements

While toast notifications are one of the top rated features of the Windows Phone platform, the native calendar app has been rather lack-luster. Luckily, we have had third party apps step up to fill the void but OS restrictions often held these alternatives back.

The new Windows Phone 8.1 native calendar app hopes to turn the tide with a handful of new features to make the calendar more productive. Features such as new layout designs that include a week view and integration with the weather.

There are plenty of other features with the Windows Phone 8.1 that make this update very appealing and all the more difficult to only pick five for the top of the list. You still have new features such as the transparent Start Screen, the new Word Flow keyboard, video editing, automatic app/game updates, and more.

We’ve tapped our top five, now it's your turn. Let us know in the comments what you think are the top new features for Windows Phone 8.1!

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

299 Comments
  • LOVE IT!!!
    ThaNX!!!
  • I know everyone hates the people who say 'seems faster', but it is actually faster isn't it? I mean, the animations when you open apps etc, they are actually a lot faster. It's good!
  • Yeah it seems faster to me to -- though the app list is flipping annoying now -- I have a ton of games for my little one now cluttering my app list -- ugh.
  • I agree. I liked having the games not mixed in with all the apps.
  • The games are still in the game center. I prefer this, and I'm guessing paving the way for grouping.
  • App list is annoying. First, and only, problem I've found with 8.1 so far. My apps get swallowed up by the huge list of games I have installed. I liked having them segregated. Please make this an option Microsoft!!!
  • Yes. It really is! Off all of the features, the speed bump is probably the least covered, buy maybe the most important.
    Writing this on swipe which I love already! Hurray for Microsoft!
    Hang on. I just tried this again. It is sheer bloody brilliant.
    So fast on my 920!
  • Glad it's not just my imagination then :-) My favourite feature other than the speed bump, is the new size of everything, like the keyboard, notifications, status bar etc. It's very noticable on my 1520. Didn't notice any difference on the 920, perhaps it hasn't changed on that.
  • I don't think I've seen the Podcast app mentioned anywhere yet.
  • It is really faster. I like the new transition. But it doesn't look much fluidity. Maybe a couple of updates will do the work
  • The animations are unquestionably shorter.  Gives the impressions of the OS being 'faster'.  Open 3rd party apps does not give the same impression of being unquestionably faster which leads me to believe it is only an improvement in perception (which is fine as though the animations were still a hair on the showy side at the expense of gettign to where we want to be.)
  • CORTANA
    Hi guys, I don't know if you all follow the Cortana personas on Twitter, but one posted a great idea. Here's a copy of the tweet from @CortanaLive Looks like an awesome idea to me! Spread the word! Great attention getter for our beloved platform! "Hi everyone. PLEASE Retweet this msg. I'm finally here. We want the world to know. So in Two hours. 5pm EST Tweet #CortanaLives @CortanaLive"
  • EXTRA ROW OF TILES ADDED!!!
  • My top feature is the store not working
  • Good I'm not the only one Error code 805a01f7
  • Yup, same error here . HTC 8x Czech Republic
  • Store is working perfectly fine for me.
  • EE on 920, uk
  • Worked for me too. Downloaded WP Central without issues at least. I'm in the US.
  • seems to be down all over the place.
  • Not working for some of my friends, but working fine for me and some other, maybe temporary problem. (same country, India)
  • Haha, just give it time. It's not just an 8.1 issue. It's not working on WP8 either.
  • Haha, same here. Can't get my hands off of it.
  • Working fine for me too. Lumia 928 Verizon U.S.
  • The store is down, at Europe and Asia because an outage!
  • I restored my phone, so basicly I have no (Store) apps on my phone..  :(
  • Lol me too.
  • Not working here as well in Philippines
  • Same here.works at times.
  • I don't have 8.1
  • +8X
  • Haha Yes. That ^
  • +1020 iraq
  • My store does not work, and neither does the tile background. Used an old Portal photo, looked odd, so I swapped to the pre-set background. The grey tile/rock look was superb, so I tried some others. None work, just keeps either the rock or Portal one.
  • Mine was down yesterday, working fine today.
  • Shame ebay, twitter etc aren't connected to the notification centre. Hopefully that will change
  • Twitter is connected, I'm receiving notifications, when I updated my phone the twitter app disabled all notifications, just enable them and it will appear in the action center
  • They will show up in the settings after you get your first notification for an app.
  • In the notifications centre section?
  • Twitter is, turn on notifications and they will appear in the notification center.
  • Let's say you want to install only a few apps to SD (games for example which can get quite large). Is there a way to install only some apps to SD? The only setting I've found seems to make ALL new installs go to the SD card or phone.   Would the only solution right now be to change the setting everytime you want to install an app on the SD?
  • you could get everthig to save to phone by default, then move games to SD via storage sense
  • I think you can move it to the SD after you install an app. Not ideal maybe but, well.
  • I had the same question. Looks like an all or nothing right now. I like adventure type games, and those I'd like to go on my SD card. However, things like Wordament and Hangman could stay on the phone. It would be great to have an option to prompt for save location.
  • When I transfered my apps to the SD, I has the option to select which apps to transfer, opening the contextual menu will bring the option to "select"the apps:)
  • That's awesome, thank you.
  • How do you add different apps for the notification center?
  • They automatically add once you receive a notification from that service. You don't add them ahead of time.
  • Where lockscreen future? :?
  • That's not available in the preview. We'll see if an update adds it later on or if we have to wait for the release. I'd guess the official roll out, but we'll see.
  • I thought its a separate app developed by Rudy, not part of the OS. Which means it will be out as soon as MS/Rudy is done testing it.
  • How does the camera experience compare to the Nokia camera?
  • Nokia camera better because it has Nokia photo processing. Stock camera doesn't have.
  • I really dislike the new games hub, now all my games are clogging up the app list. It was faster and cleaner before
  • I agree.  I was disappointed to see them in the main app list.
  • They are still in the games hub too, but yeah, clutter in the list.
  • Yes, terrible!
  • I both like and dislike it. I think it should be a toggle in the screen to hide/show them as needed.
  • I agree with ericr42.  I always liked having my last 3 played games in a separate section at the top.  Maybe some feedback will fix this? ;)
  • How big is the update people??
    Its still downloading
  • 700mb
  • i strongly recommend swipe keyboard!!
  • Swear words don't work :(
  • Swear words do work. You just need to type them out once or twice first. Don't want grandma talking about her ducks to send the wrong message now do we?
  • Well it doesn't work for Swedish so I'm a bit sad about it. Love it thou when typing, eh, swiping in English :P
  • Is that in settings?
  • Doesn't work in Portuguese either ... Very disappointing. But in English is pretty amazing. Kinda like magic
  • Brazilian portuguese works.
  • It does indeed thanks!!
  • Does it work for polish? Can somebody check it for me, please? I will instal preview for developers only if the swipe keyboard works for polish.
  • i like the new calendar but i also liked the agenda view. i hope they bring it back. i do like that these apps, like calendar, are separate, updatable apps now. should make things like this much nicer.
  • The loss of the Agenda view is a huge step backward IMO. The Agenda view with Tasks was the killer Calendar feature that originally got me to switch to WP when it first launched. Why did MS remove it? Why remove a Calendar feature that has been there from the beginning?
  • This, +1020. Bring back the agenda view!
  • I've written an app that reproduces the old 8.0-style Agenda view for Windows Phone 8.1: http://windows-phone-agenda.com/
  • Tasks is still part of the calendar.
  • Is double tap to turn off working?
  • It's just double tap to turn on.
  • nope and can't find the setting anywhere
  • It's listed under the 'TOUCH' setting
  • Just trying the new features, hey do you think it's a good idea to move every app to SD card? Because I'm afraid it'll slow down the phone.
  • SD cards are slower than internal memory, I'd only move big stuff (read: games) if I were you.
  • I am really thanking microsoft for this update, i love it, and the wpcentral team also, please stay patience with us :)
  • I'll wait for the oficial update, too many errors in the preview, for what I've read so far
  • Same here
  • +925
  • As excited as I was about the 8.1 preview, after hearing about everyone's issues, I'm reluctant to go to 8.1.  I'm going to wait it out and see if there are any fixes soon.  I love my 820, and it's running well.  I don't want to f@#$ anything up.
  • No errors at all on 920 can't understand how there are "so" many yawn errors already
  • Took the words right out of my mouth!
  • I wonder what happens if you remove an SD card that you have installed apps to. I just realized that my SD card is only a class 6 and I have a class 10 laying around, but I already moved a bunch of apps to it.
  • "The new Windows Phone 8.1 native calendar app hopes to turn the tide with a handful of new features to make the calendar more productive." The cool thing about the new 'native' app is that it appears to have been separated out from the main OS install. That will make it easy for Microsoft to update it in the future if it needs it.
  • Good and bad both.  The new calendar is awesome and you're right able being able to update it easily.  However once in a while i get an app splash screen, so sometimes a short delay in opening it.
  • I think the bad part about many of the apps no longer being 'native' and being separated out from the OS is that they tend to perform more poorly compared to the native apps. I think this is due to them being written differently as well as my 'old' Lumia 920. 
  • Calendar live tile still only has 1 visible appointment :(
  • this is what keeps me from using it. i just dont understand the rational.
  • +920
  • + ativ s. Too bad
  • Am I the only one to notice that when you're taking a picture, there's a split second between showing the taken photo and the one just saved in storage, which lost a lot of quality, especially in color details and it gets a lot blurred. I can't get passed that. I can't consider my 920 being a good camera with such a huge flaw. Out of the box, a year ago, camera was amazing, but after several updates, that started happening. I'm updating to wp 8.1 right now and I serously doubt that they've fixed that issue. That's the only thing I want to get fixed with all these camera updates. Difference is a lot noticable when taking pictures in low(er) light. Also, taking a landscape picture with objects far away result in heavy blur. Another thing that wasn't happening before. When taking a picture at night, it looks like it's taken with VGA camera to be quite honest. Also, could it be hardware issue? Should I return my phone? I doubt that's it, but I'd better ask.
  • Are you using the Nokia camera app or the official one?
  • Used both. Both have the same problem for me.
  • That's a weird sounding problem - I don't have a 925, but I'd recommend posting it to the device specific forums, rather than on this 8.1 thread.
  • Yeah, just got carried away after seeing camera "updates" on another thread :) 
  • Clean your lense off!   Happens all the time... the lens does not look dirty but if you take a damp paper towel with a little water, clean it and dry it, it's like brand new again.  Trust me the camera has not gotten worst at all.
  • You should never use ANY paper products on glass, no matter how soft they are. They create micro scratches that add up over time. Only cloth should ever be used to wipe off the camera lens.
  • Like I said, it's not while it's taking the picture. It's while processing it. Check out @AndrewL920 comment below, he described it better than I did apparently.
  • Surprised the keyboard didn't make the cut.
  • I got to go with notification from your list but the best feature of all is gotta be Word Flow!  I'm loving the hell out of my phone now.  How this is missing from the list is a puzzle and a half.
  • With the notification center, every notification does the same vibrate. Any way for this to change? I like the one short vibrate for texts.
  • and swiping keyboard
  • Calendar was two steps forward and one step back. The look is nice but the Facebook integration is gone.
  • It is there - you still get Facebook events and birthdays.
  • It's no longer integrated for responding. They force the fb app on you. I HATE the fb app and only used it when I had to. And what happens to the "show only responded to". Once I decline it still shows that I'm invited. I want it gone lime before, I already have too much in my calendars.
  • Top feature = still don't support SD card encryption!!! That's my fav for sure.
  • You'll need Windows Phone 8.1 Professional or Ultimate editions for that. Not having full storage encryption in 2014 is embarrasing.
  • Swype keyboard #1.
  • I agree.
  • Actually, aside from all of the obvious benefits, the app switching has been upgraded quite a bit. Swiping down to close apps is REALLY quick and fluid, no more drawn out animation.
  • Can any one tell me that can we now edit and add new songs to existing playlist in music section of windows phone?
  • Guys, on the first picture, the WPC tile is using the background image. How Can I use this feature? I've tried every combination of tiles on the app, and can't do it. Even if I select "accent" color, is still showing me a solid color. Thanks.
  • 8.1 update came or not
  • What? I'm having the same issue.
  • Notification Center doesn't have shortcut to enable/disable Data Conection... Why?????
  • No idea, but it's not good. Also WIFI opens the setting, simply doesn't turn on/off like on Android
  • At least they changed the toggle button so now takes one click to change it.
     
  • Maybe because why in the heck would you need to do this at all let alone regularly enough to have it on a quick access area?   Are out outside of the States where every byte costs you money?
  • I'll miss the agenda view from the calendar
  • Swipe keyboard is a big plus to me!
  • Swipe keyboard, 6 columns on start screen, notifications. So far. Really liking this update.
  • Swipe did not make it? :/
  • It's there.
  • Called Word Flow and is pretty impressive.
  • 8.1 update came or not...please launching date.
  • Does L920 has show more tiles option?
  • Yes.  Start+Theme, "Show More Tiles" on my L920
  • Store not working
  • I agree these are 5 good features but I must say battery life on my 925 is dying much faster now. Cortana is useless without location being turned on as opposed to siri who at least will still operate without location based services turned on.  Not sure what else is draining the battery just yet.  My 1520 is doing the same them so I assume having Cortana turned on with location based services is the culprit.
  • Yeah, my phone died with an hour of updating. I had full battery life when I started..
  • Did you check the battery sense app? Is it showing what is draining your battery?
  • MIne was internet explorer and Cortana were the two biggest drains
  • Go to the "battery saver" and you can see what's killing your battery
  • Agreed, my 925 on t-mobile is getting eaten alive.  Top thing showing in the new app is Cortana in the 'being used' mode but I didn't use it more than 20 mins total and the battery continued to drop abnormally fast after that so I have to assume it isn't give an accurate read on what is using the battery.  
  • Got to battery sense and disable background data for them cuz it turned on a lot of the ones you may have had off previously because before you were limited to 11 or 15
  • Set defaults.. That was all I wanted.. :'(
  • #6 -> Internet Explorer syncing Favorites and TABS across to phone!! Show's up in "Other" in the Tabs view on the phone.. So nice.
  • It was kind of scary at first how when I opened that tab it had the Tabs from my HP omni 10 and my PC at home in it... good, but I had no idea that it synced across devices. I guess I never paid attention.
  • My ee 920 store works. But my 3 lumia 920 store does not work. ??????? Help please
  • Swear to gawd, the gesture keyboard is the biggest feature for me.
  • I don't get the notification center... I still go and check the live tiles
  • It's really mostly useful for apps that you don't have pinned to the start screen. Nice to have a central place for history though.
  • +520
  • Aside from all the spectacular features of WP 8.1, what about VPN. I mean, hows it gonna work? Ready to install the update, and excited of course!
  • #6 Reading View in IE11
  • Battery sense is cool! And the Swype keyboard
  • I'm really liking IE11 and the faster speed overall of, well, everything. Cortana's been hit-or-miss with some voice commands, but obviously she's in Beta. I've found that Facebook isn't playing nice in IE11 and keeps redirecting to the mobile site, despite being set for Desktop mode. I prefer using the browser instead of the app.
  • Guys no one knows the official 8.1 update for HTC 8X?
    Thanks!
  • Everything is official if we are talking about Microsoft. Yes many has update there htc's with 8.1 already. Good luck
  • Thanks for the reply
  • I would like to see a "Features you dont like" article from wpcentral. I hate the new music and video hub.
  • We need a good third party music app, Microsoft's offerings are dreadful at best so far.
  • Yep. It's the one thing I really, really dislike about this update. So much worse in every way than the Music hub we had before. Also disappointed that Kid's Corner still gives access to view all the photos on the phone through its "Customize" settings. That setting should be in the regular user mode, not inside the actual Kid's Corner mode.  
  • Would love to get the word flow keyboard in Portuguese. But it works quite well in English :D
  • Same here. Was disappointed to find out it wasn't working in Portuguese
  • I just realized you can hold the search button and it will load cortana with listening like the start button used to do.
  • Why no video?
  • Everyone has different needs. My two BIGGEST needs are: 1) FTPS 2) VPN Are those functionalities added to 8.1?  
  • VPN is in my friend .. Must be using IKEv2 but most firewalls/vpn servers support it.
  • Finally! :-)
  • Apps installment
  • I wonder if what is the improvements of the camera. The only thing I care about updating to wp 8.1 is the camera algorithm improvement. I am using 920 and the post-processing yellowish and blurry pictures are killing the pictures. Not necessarily blurry but you will notice the softness because of the algorithm.
  • Exactly the problem I mentioned above. Thought I was the only one with that issue.
  • My Top-Features are:
    1. Install apps on SD-card!
    2. Install apps on SD-card!
    3. Install apps on SD-card!
    4. Action Center
    5. Calendar with the "this week" view.
    6. Tile backgrounds
    7. 3 row for tiles on the start screen -> is really great and even the little tiles are good to see and to touch
    // left out Cortana since I'll meet her not until next year or so~
  • Can someone tell me if the new calendar is able to show week view in the large lifetile? Thx
  • sorry no.  the calendar live tile is unchanged from WP8.
  • What sorcery is this? Lumia 1020 with SD card?
  • seems 920 but still how??
  • You can see the camera grip accessory wrapped around the sides, I recognize that accessory anywhere.
  • oohhh you are right
  • Hate that games now are in the app list.. :-(
  • Same... I l like how organized or was previously, with game having their own section.
  • I just noticed that you can navigate backwards AND forwards in IE11 by swiping left-to-right (backwards) or right-to-left (forwards). That is a huge improvement. Finally!
  • I'm a bit ashamed to say that my most used feature so far is the start screen picture. I find myself just sliding the screen up and down like some sort of obsessive compulsive. :-)
  • You forgot that we can now have far more tiles on the screen!!
  • still 'self timer' is not there in camera! one of the most basic feature!! this is the way they are competing with biggies like droid n ios haha what a joke
  • Has anyone updated a 620? How does the 3rd tile column look like?
  • Like a crap. Even on my 820.
  • Really? I wonder about the 620, as it's got the smallest wp8 screen
  • My girlfriend owns 620 and 3 column looks very bad.
  • I put 6 columns on my Lumia 521. Looked tiny at first, but got used to it quickly. Not sure I'll keep it though - I like the look of the large tile going from side to side.
  • The best feature is performance! It's really great.
  • New camera is useless for me because I'm using Nokia camera
  • Can u confirm sd card support by giving us a screen shot. This one here does not mention about apps, just photo, music and videos
  • It is there, even if the text in this screenshot is not updated. Believe me, we wouldn't all be lying about it. :)
  • Best feature is saving apps for SD-card for me. Second is action centre. I not know about Cortana because I'm from Finland
  • I love the the fact that I can install apps on the SD card.
  • SD card found on lumia 920???   
  • They still need to add an ability for numbered birthdays/anniversaries. Instead of telling me its someones birthday, I'd like to know which birthday it is. With that said it'll probably come eventually.
  • I have already noticed a lag in opening my pictures from teh SD card on my 1520. In fact, playing back video fromt eh SD card actually crashed the phone. Odd because I have always stored photos and vids to SD on this phone, but never had any lag until the update. Haven't tried any of the games I just moved to the SD card. I'll let you know if anything glitches there.
  • Alot of crackly volume noise when playing videos. Oops, only when you forward or rewind
  • Plz make that kind of changes which can mke us feel satisfied,i mean calendar improvement is not a big milestone u hve created.....try to bring FM radio in Lumia 620 if u can....that z the major problem i am dealing with currently.....frm India....
  • 620 doesn't have FM radio receiver. The requisite hardware is missing.
  • Really can't wait now to give it a whirl on my 8X.
  • Anyone having trouble with Cortana?
  • You need to be more specific about the nature of the challenge you are experiencing.
  • Anyone can tell me what is the update size?????
    because i limited to my data pack
    plz
    plz
    plz
  • About 700mb
  • Calendar still doesnt show week number!!!!!!??
  • Just a thing with the articles image. The backside of my WPCentrap app isn't transparent. So, it's some kind of bug on my side or the picture is shopped? Unfortunately I haven't seen quite few shops in my time.
  • Anyone know what happened to the lock screen themes?
  • Really nice update, I'm just a little bit confused about why all of my game's showing in the index area,,❔
  • That's a new feature because I suspect a lot of people couldn't find the games after installing them. Since they were "hidden" in the Games app.
  • For all those who still have not upgraded to 8.1. ... Don't do it .. Here is what they have fcked up . .... No more fb and messenger in the phone (a feature which was a gem for the OS ) .. No more people's hub ..... Music is extremely slow n no longer has the category of "new n recent " .... I get that some changes are good. but for us who have loved this OS. Its a downgrade. even the picture hub is faked as ever
  • Yeah I don't know why they took that stuff out. I've always thought that it made WP standout from the rest. While it is still a wonderful OS, taking FB integration out makes it more the rest of he platforms in my opinion.
  • I don't follow? Got both messenger and facebook app up and running?
  • Those were the integrated features... And now just like any other OS we need a fcking app
  • Yea, you never required an app before, now you do.
  • Not sure what you are talking about in regards to "no more poeple hub" as the contacts are still here.
    As for the FB integration, I was a bit shocked as well given that I didn't see that mentioned in any of the sites I read about.  The removal of the FB & Text messaging integration as well as having the 'me' tile where you could see the recent fb updates of people liking, responding, etc to your posts is a huge negative to me.    The notification center is by no means replacing that functionality.  I would have thought twice about updating now if I had known ahead of time.
  • The swype keyboard is number one for me, its going to make things so much easier. Cortana, if I can get it living in the UK (cos you know, we don't matter, an American market with like 2 people matter more) might rank second but the notification screen is going to be huge also. The ability to change the start screen background is pretty cool and probably fifth for me and being able to move games and apps to the SD card is good too.
  • How do I move my existing apps to the SD card?
  • Dunno dude, I'm running an 8X atm, getting a NL 1520 soon
  • Settings > storage sense > then select the app and it will say Move to SD or Uninstall.
  • What i like very much is when I hit the volume button and tap the name of the artist it opens the music hub like before. But now if I want to get the the rest of my music I don't have to close the app and click on the music hub. I always thought it was stupid to make me get out of the app the browser the rest of my music.
  • The weather integration with the calendar is not working for me, what about you people?
  • you need to enable Location.
  • Yes, it is enabled. I have no idea what is going on.
  • Did you enable the weather option in the calendar settings? Also it only appears in the week view as far as I can tell.
  • I do have alot of music stored on my SD card, but the music app is pretty slow (yes, even after it incorporated all my songs)
  • Cant you feels see that that the facebook and the messenger integration isn't there anymore ... N all u can sing of is the UI changes. the whole core of this OS has come crashing down. making the difference between android n wp8 nothing at all
  • I'm quite annoyed by this huge change as well. I always touted the FB integration as the one major unique feature of WP8. Now all I can is we have Cortana, except I live in Canada, so most people wouldn't know how to enable it.
  • I don't seem why Cortana should only in the USA and not in the UK as well
  • Lot faster!!!
  • Been trying to get used to swiping! It does.........wait for it........ Seem faster!
  • After taking photos on the camera app the flash fires, I don't understand why  
  • For me Cortana is quite disappointing: the fact that you need to have Location on its really dumb. And Battery Sense shows it......
  • Word flow has to figure in this list as well. Boy it makes typing so much faster. Overall couldn't be happier with this mega update. Wow I'm a happy camper with these additions Cortana will take a while to get used to but speech recognition is vastly improved over the previous version it actually understand me now. Even simple things like setting an alarm worth cortana is great. I look forward to getting to know her. Well done Microsoft you've delivered big time.
  • Just noticed swiping down on the cards in background kills them
  • Your can get Cortana in the UK but its the US version.
  • Seems certain apps have issues and others work fine to download in store.
  • Calender is much better now, but I'd prefer showing number of weeks (WK20, WK21, etc) instead of just "This week" or "Next week", as EU are telling directly number of weeks instead of which week in which month. MicroSD support is nice, but it would be better if maps can also be moved to MicroSD cards.
  • Sweet
  • Anyone else's phone randomly rebooting after 8.1 installed? Mine has done it twice today (Lumia icon Verizon)
  • Speaking of Cortana...is there a way that when launched it will actually speak to you instead of text? Thanks!
  • I don't like that now, if i disable an app in the Battery saver, the sistem block also the push notification, but this have no sense. I want to disable all the background agent (or task), but i want to continue to receive the push notifications because these do not affect power consumption. I do so for all my apps, one of this is The Football App (now Onefootball) where i disable background agent but i still receive the notifications. But now my phone run a background task that I don't want and i don't need
  • All wrong. The most important update by a mile is the placement of the space key further to the right. Allowed me to type this without missing the space key once! Life is good. ;) :P:D
  • Urghhhh music app is 100 times worse. Slower, can't swipe to next song, can't see next song without hitting the list button, and NOT LETTING ME PLAY MUSIC I DON'T HAVE RIGHTS TO
  • And no more live tile or a transparent tile
  • I knowwww, ugggh
  • I thought I remember seeing that we can swipe the tiles to dismiss the notification count. Can someone confirm that or am I just remembering something else. I have an hour and a half left at work so I haven't downloaded it yet.
  • not working at least on the wpcentral tile.
  • Maybe you were thinking of notification centre because what you're describing is not a thing. At least not that I've read about and I've also tested it and it doesn't work.
  • Oh ok. Maybe it was the notification center. Anyway, thanks!
  • My best feature is that it looks like WiFi is fixed. No drop outs so far, no need to put into flight mode to get there network working.
    Also the keyboard is fantastic.
    The worst feature is lack of quiet hours without Cortana,I really need this feature.
  • Damn.... I was wondering where quiet hours was. I assume I cant get this if I don't have Cortana?
  • I spent a long time looking for it. Very disappointing. Everything else is fantastic.
  • Is it confirmed as Cortana only? I am clinging to the hope that you may have just missed it.
  • I reread the article, it says it is a Cortana feature
  • Top two missing. Sending documents as attachments in emails. OK you can "share" single document with the new mail, but you can't share multiple documents in single mail and you cannot reply with attached document. You can attach a lot of stupid photos, but it is usefull only for hipsters and they prefere iPhones. Microsoft should finaly realise that corporations are their main clients and corporations needs documents not photos. Another one is lack of option to download maps to the SD card.   And Cortana doesn't work for about 80% users, because of stupid restriction to country, where people prefere Apple than Microsoft.
  • Not true the email bit yet, I had assumed this would be a fix though. I agree, enterprise really needs this.
  • Does Lumia 1520 supports Project My Screen feature wirelessly?
  • I'd also like to know this.
  • Can you do an article on the music app. Its..... Well I need some advice. Alot of songs I have cant play anymore
  • Try disabling streaming song syncing. If you are trying to play songs stored on the phone itself.
  • This is so great. I absolutely love it.
  • I cant get my outlook calendar to show up on the calendar live tile. That is the only qualm I have with 8.1 right now
  • Can't wait to try it out on my 1020. Typing from my Surface
  • Where is wifi direct
  • Of the five you listed, the only ones that have impact with me are Cortana and the Calendar.  I'll never use the notification center because the live tiles, quite frankly do the job better without all the confusion.  I don't have any devices with an SD slot and, honestly, I have the cloud for most things. Since I have the Lumia 1020 I use Nokia's better camera lens.
  • Notification centre was not on my list of needs either, never understood the fuss. But looking forward to swiping individual ones away.
  • Great new features, but the notification center is accesible even when screen is locked. That might be a problem for some.
  • Does it not sit behind a password? Does it do it if the phone is password protected? I was actually hoping for password for adult bit and the option to not have one for kids room.
  • It shows even when the device is password locked. However, I just found there is an option in the settings whether to allow the notification center be accesible when phone is locked or not which is good news.
  • I have trouble with my huawei w1
  • My 920 won't load the glance app from Nokia. Anyone else having this issue?
  • My Fav is the Wifi-Sense! Amazing
  • I'd like a bit more detail on this area. A full rundown would be good.
  • Ok Cortana disappointed me. I remember Joe asking Cortana if she liked her name and and she had a funny reply. Now she just does a web search. I also want the USB options for warning me. I also want double tap to turn off.
  • Calendar improvements were a major need. Reading mode in IE should be good too. The backgrounds are not working for me properly though. Keeps reverting back to the first one I picked. Although, I used plain black for one and it looked properly different/cool, give it a try! Just getting used to the small tiles.... They are just a touch too small on the 920. But I am trying it for a few days. Wish I could add mobile network to the action screen too. Freakily, it is also offering me little pictures in the predictive text. Never did that before.
  • Halo Spartan Assault Universal App... 'nuff said
  • Question on notification center. Dont they really have an option to choose data connection?
  • That is,unfortunately, correct
  • Meh..they have wifi, they supposed to have data connection too
  • One of my favourite features is how you can automatically add events to a calendar when someone sends a text with a date.
  • Any one else bothered by the lack of a cell data toggle for the notifications center?
  • Will the new calendar support attachments in meetings?
  • ask Cortana this: "who is your daddy?" funny reply
  • I think one of the top five should definitely be the new swipe keyboard. I'm thoroughly entertained by it.
  • Will there be a "What you didn't liked" theme?   They removed HUBS. Instead of photo hub I get just photo gallery that shows ... photos, not great. Collection of photo apps is gone, recent photo activity is gone. Instead of media Hub there is just Xbox music app, global "recently played" list is gone, list of media apps is gone :( No new sense hub. "Sense" apps are just dropped to the app list. No new geo hub. Total degradation is integration aspects of the OS.
  • Can anyone tell me how to activate the word flow keyboard?
  • Hello Is there any posibility to  set-up in quick actions , data conection? Thank you
  • The Windows Phone 8.1 update is just awesome. But what about file picker? I thought File Picker was among list of features we would be getting with the 8.1 update........ @Sam, do you have any update on the same?
  • This!!!
  • The 810 lives
  • The thing which I like the most is not exactly a feature, might be a bug. Remember some of the paid apps went free for sometime like some of rovio and miniclip. If anyone had installed those before(when they were free) but later had uninstalled it for any reason, now after upgrading to windows 8.1 you can get those apps back for free.
  • Someone please help me I'm not getting notification for Facebook in the action center . I think they have removed the support for Facebook
  • hey guys, do you know how to convert F* to C* in the calender? Thank you!
  • hey guys, do you know how to convert F* to C* in the calender? Thank you!
  • ?
  • duplicate
  • After update to 8.1,phone gets hot after a little use,also phone consumes a lot of battery....microsoft need to work
  • Same problem here. My email accounts and Cortana seem to be using the juice. Time to research (sigh)
  • Bring old music hub, game hub and photo hub....i cant see whats new directly from photo hub or from people....every time it take me to the facebook app......and give option that i can connect my lumia to my samsung smart tv...as usb...and can see my files....after all some features are good...specially start background....for me