Microsoft Announces Third Windows Phone 8 Update

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Windows Phone 8 UpdateMicrosoft is looking to make Windows Phone a lot more appealing with its upcoming update offering larger screen compatibility with additional live tiles, a customizable Driving Mode, and better accessibility options.

While the new update hardly comes as a surprise having been the subject of conversation for some time, Microsoft finally took the veil away on Monday announcing that the new features will roll out to exiting Window Phone devices over the course of the next several months.

Probably the most notable upcoming change to Windows 8 will be the added support for larger displays. Larger displays have come become a ‘must have’ in the handset industry and as Microsoft notes via the company’s blog “the new update paves the way for future Windows Phone devices with 5- and 6-inch touch screens.”  The update will allow these larger screens to house jumbo sized Start screens with room for six rows of live tiles, instead of the traditional four rows found on most handsets.

In addition to larger display support, the Windows Phone update will also bring support for Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 800 processor, utilizing the chips performance to offer a more fluid experience.

The update will also sport a new feature called Driving Mode. As the name suggests, the mode is designed for travel, reducing distractions to help users travel safely. Working with a connected Bluetooth device, the feature is designed to limit notifications (such as calls, texts and quick status update alerts) until safely parked.

Microsoft is also hoping to make Windows Phone a lot more accessible in the coming months as well. Mobile Accessibility for Windows 8 offers a suite of apps designed to make the device easier to see and use. The Suite will include a number of utility functions including a new screen reader makes the device easier to read for visually impaired users, send texts and emails, browse the Web, and make Skype and Lync calls.

The update will also allow a device running Windows Phone 8 to quickly act as a hotspot for a tablet or other computer running Windows 8.1 without the need of a password.

Source: Microsoft (Windows Blog

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