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Microsoft to roll out Windows Phone 8.1 at beginning of July

Also accidentally reveals that folder support is coming
Mon Jun 30 2014, 14:39

Windows Phone 8.1 live tilesMICROSOFT has accidentally revealed that it will roll out Windows Phone 8.1 to existing handsets "during the first two weeks of July".

Microsoft revealed the news on Twitter, via its @MicrosoftIndia account. It said in response to an impatient user, "The Windows Phone 8.1 update will roll out to existing Windows Phone 8 users during the first two weeks of July."

Microsoft has yet to confirm this to us, but if true it means that the update will start seeding to existing handsets - such as the Nokia Lumia 925 and Lumia 1020 - from Tuesday. Microsoft's slip-up is also a hint that the Nokia Lumia 930 will arrive on shelves any day now. We have contacted Microsoft for more information.

A Twitter slip-up isn't the only hasty revelation Microsoft made over the weekend, as it also accidentally posted a web page - cached here - detailing how to create folders in Windows Phone 8.1, a feature that has yet to be announced. The web page revealed that, much like in iOS and Android, users will be able to stack apps on top of one another to create a folder.

"To create folders on your Start screen, you need to have Windows Phone 8.1 Update installed on your phone," the web page read, suggesting that the feature won't appear on older versions of Microsoft's mobile operating system.

That's not all Windows Phone 8.1 will deliver. The update will also bring features such as Action Center, Microsoft's Swype-esque World Flow keyboard, custom wallpapers and VPN support. Microsoft's Siri rival Cortana is not yet available in the UK, but could arrive along with Windows Phone 8.1 this week. µ

 

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