Windows Phone 8.1 has taken over the Windows Phone community by storm, and the reviews of the updated software has made Windows Phone fans excited. On Wednesday, Microsoft announced the expansion of the product into China and the UK, along with other new features.
The announcement on the Windows Phone blog comes after Microsoft initially announced the Windows Phone 8.1 back in April. Now, as it rolls out to developers next week, the expansion of the software, Cortana, and other features makes it a must download for users.
Cortana Comes To China & UK
Cortana has gotten a ton of local press, and the announcement that Cortana would be moving onto China and the UK got fans interested. The version of Cortana in China has an alternative form that has different visual appearances, animations and sounds. It also supports Mandarin in voice, text and speech.
In China, it also has weather cards, it can look up English phrases and more. Cortana also got new improvements for the UK market, that support UK spellings and pronunciations, plus Bing-provided loca data on sports teams, including the EPL and the London Stock Exchange. The UK update also includes a UK voice and a UK personality for those users in the UK.
Other Major Updates
In their blog, Microsoft announced live folders, which will allow users to organize apps into folders. These tile folders will appear on the home screen, and become a live folder. A user can then open the folder to change its name and arrange the size of the tiles, as they see fit. The Store live tile also got a new update as well.
Additionally, the Xbox Music app has been updated to vastly improve the speed and features of the app. Background sync of the music collection, a special upcoming Kid s Corner, and improvements in app load and list scrolling have been implemented for users. This will make the Xbox Music app a lot quicker and easier to use, and give Windows Phone 8.1 users a great music app to enjoy.
The update will roll out to developers next week. General consumers should see it in the upcoming months according to Microsoft.