The Microsoft Windows Phone OS has with the passage of time become almost directionless and seemed to be going nowhere. Of course the devices which featured the Windows Phone OS were robust and its hardware pretty good so as to rub shoulders with the big Whigs of the industry like iPhone and Galaxy S5, still there was much wanting especially with respect to software. Microsoft hoped that it could turn the tables on its competitors with its Windows Phone 8.1. But the big question is has the Windows 8.1 lived up to its reputation and hype?
Way back in April, Microsoft started to release its just revealed Windows 8.1 to developers. The Windows 8.1 does not contain any groundbreaking new features. However many of its features has been inspired by what users have been able to do with other OS platforms. Windows 8.1 finally offers many features which were sadly lacking in its predecessor.
Finally Microsoft has started to offer popular features which are found in its rival OS platforms like the iOS and Android. An example is the Action center and of course it is not a new feature. It is a smooth amalgam of the iPhone’s Control Center area and Notification and users could now change settings and also look at their latest emails .The Action Center has been made more useful by the customizable buttons that users add to the top.
The next big feature of the Windows Phone 8.1 is the feature called Cortana. It is the Microsoft’s answer to Siri and Google Plus. She will answer questions for you just like Siri and at the same time collates vital information about you , like where you work and details about your family. The information can also be deleted from her memory any time. Other important features which are useful include traffic alerts, important news updates as well as weather alerts. However experts feel that Cortana is more useful for users who lead a more active and social lives but is not much useful for someone who leads a home to office and back to home lifestyle.
There are also a number of important changes like the trusted NFC apps which enables the pairing of devices or automatically opens apps that much more useful. The biggest change is the integration of the Windows 8.1, Microsoft’s operating system for desktops, laptops and 2-in-1s. The latest Windows 8.1 which Microsoft has released to developers last week included folders enabling users to group Live Tiles too. Also a new file system allows users to move media around on Windows Phone internally. It is indeed a very convenient addition to enable the downloading of music via web browser and then add it to the collection.
With the Windows Phone 8.1 update Microsoft has finally delivered an OS which is comparable to the iPhone and Android OS in more than one way.