Microsoft announced the spring update for Windows 8.1 and talked a bit about Windows Phone 8.1
That Microsoft is preparing an update for Windows 8.1, has long been no secret for us. Network you can even download multiple builds that include new features. Today, however, Microsoft has made this update official, speaking about it during his press conference at the MWC 2014 in Barcelona. In addition, the company also shared news about the next version of its mobile platform.
Windows Phone 8.1
In the framework of today’s event that Microsoft organized for a narrow circle of persons Belfiore Joe announced that Windows Phone 8.1 will be released around April. One of the key changes will be due to support for new hardware: compatibility with new chipsets Snapdragon 200, 400, and 400 LTE support work with two SIM-cards. The update will add support for on-screen buttons (as on Android), so that OEMs will be able to release the device without the three buttons on the front panel. Hardware shutter button of the camera is also no longer a requirement.
The other good news is that Windows Phone 8.1 will allow you to install apps to the SD card, and even Windows Phone 8.1 will be backward compatible with all existing on the market of smartphones with Windows Phone 8.
Microsoft also introduced new hardware partners. We are talking about LG, Lenovo, ZTE, Xolo, Karbonn and Lava. All of these companies, apparently, will release its smartphones running WP8.1.
There’s good news and for those who prefer Facebook to all other social networks. The news is that the official Facebook Messenger app in the coming weeks will get to Windows Phone.
Update for Windows 8.1
As for the upcoming update for Windows 8.1, Microsoft stated that its release will take place this spring. The company did not hide that all changes will be primarily aimed at making the operating system more convenient on devices without a touch screen.
During his speech, Joe Belfiore stressed that while Microsoft still prefers the touch-control type (in Redmond are not going to abandon the touch world, which they’re trying to create), the company understands that not everyone has the device equipped with a touch screen, so the upcoming update is meant to make the OS more comfortable to control with the keyboard and mouse.
Update will be significantly reduced and hardware requirements. More specifically, producers will be able to produce devices with Windows 8.1 with 1 GB RAM and 16 GB of internal memory.
Microsoft hasn’t provided more information about the launch date of the updates, and merely referred to the spring of this year, but there is every reason to assume that the release was scheduled for early April.
: The Verge (1, 2)