Microsoft has announced the first major update to Windows Phone 8.1, set to be available as developer preview next week and rolled out to consumers with devices running Windows Phone 8.1 in the “coming months.”
The aptly-named Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 includes a few key new components, including Live Folders, which allows users to organize apps into folders on the Start screen. Microsoft has also updated the Xbox music app to include a “quickplay” feature and support for Kids Corner, along with performance updates.
For business users, a new feature has been added called “Apps Corner,” which gives users the ability to specify which apps are displayed in “sandbox mode.” Sandbox mode works as a protected Start screen, allowing you to restrict particular apps from guest users. In addition, Apps Corner can be used to boot straight to an app and set up retail demos.
The Cortana personal digital assistant will be available in China and the UK with this update as a beta and as an alpha in Canada, India and Australia.
A Store live tile has been added, as has the ability to select multiple SMS messages at once to delete or forward. Privacy and security enhancements are also coming in the update. More details on Update 1 can be found in Microsoft’s blog post below.