Gallery: Windows Phone 8.1 screenshots reveal lots of new features

Earlier today, the floodgates opened and tons of features that are coming to Windows Phone 8.1 started to leak. What started with a thread on Reddit, has turned into a screen-shot dump of all the new settings and features that the update will bring to the platform.

With new options to manage storage, a screen projection setting, additional customization options and tons more, it looks like Windows Phone Blue will be a nice upgrade to the platform. With expectations being that the update will get officially announced at BUILD, we don’t have to wait much longer to find out if there are any other secrets hidden in the update.

We have gathered a ton of the screenshots for you and put them into the gallery below to help you gain a better understanding of the look and feel of Windows Phone 8.1.

While we haven’t seen any major visual tweaks such as new live tile sizes or replacing the black and white background behind live tiles, there are quite a few enhancements to the overall interface such as virtual navigation keys.

If you are wondering where all the screenshots are coming from, Microsoft released an SDK of the build to select developers under an NDA and like many NDAs before it, it was quickly broken (less than 24hrs after distribution).

Take a look at the gallery that is attached and we will continue to update this post as we obtain more shots of Microsoft’s next update to the Windows Phone platform.

Source: AngelWZR

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Geeksphone Revolution runs Android and Firefox OS

Next Story

Twitter testing Facebook-like profile redesign

101 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

I just hope at some point the settings will be sorted out.
It currently seems just a jumbled mess of settings thrown together.

For instance why no "About Phone > Update" or whatever...

Shadowzz said,
Yeah, phone updates are listed under "PHONE UPDATE" in the settings menu, THE HORROR of these unsorted settings.

^This

Yeah, which means a lot more scrolling and looking, especially as they don't seem to be in any logical order...

Why do they bother organising Windows 8 settings if it's okay to have them just any old how?

Sir Topham Hatt said,
I just hope at some point the settings will be sorted out.
It currently seems just a jumbled mess of settings thrown together.

For instance why no "About Phone > Update" or whatever...


You always have this ridiculous complaint and it never makes any sense.

Sir Topham Hatt said,
Yeah, which means a lot more scrolling and looking, especially as they don't seem to be in any logical order...

Why do they bother organising Windows 8 settings if it's okay to have them just any old how?


Because they want to get rid of the horror of sub-sub-sub menu's? The 'new' control panel design in Windows XP and 'improved' upon on vista/7... is horrible for me, but it seems to work better for the average joe. Windows 8.1 has a metro control panel so that if you don't want to, there is no need to ever leave metro... choice sucks, right?
If i look at the WP8 settings menu, its ordered by usage. What most people use most is in the top. It isnt completely random.

This comments section is far too small to add what I need to explain.

Windows 8 Control Panel has:
Appearance: a load of options for the display, including brightness and rotation lock I believe.
General: for all those general settings.
Devices: For devices options
Security: To sort out all the security options.

Windows Phone 8 just has one big list, which seems thrown together because options like "About Phone", which I would expect to be at the bottom, is in the middle somewhere. Why at the bottom? Because pretty much every program or OS I have used has the "About" or "Help" at the end of the menu, window, whatever the case may be.

Why does Windows Phone 8 have "About Phone", then "Extras+Info"? They could easily be merged. "Feedback" and "Feedback to Nokia" could also be a sub-menu here.

Why is "Glance", "Screen Rotation", "Theme" and "Brightness" not under a unified "Appearance" tab like in Windows 8?

Why do I have a special menu for "Nokia Account", but have a menu for "Email+Accounts"? How can anyone think that is logical?

It's not about creating sub-sub-sub menu's, just a little tidy up to make things flow a bit better, rather than in one big list that isn't even alphabetical!

4.1% - here we go. well . my girlfriend will get my 920 when this update is out. Guess the successor will be available with 8.1 installed

neonspark said,
MSFT war on color continues. Why must it be black, white, or burn your retina color?. Its like XP contrast mode

I'd rather this than Android's cluttered, and confusing UI, or Apple's "OMG, THE SCREEN MUST JUMP OUT AT YOU!" animations.

neonspark said,
MSFT war on color continues. Why must it be black, white, or burn your retina color?. Its like XP contrast mode

Back to this argument again? Wow...

WP8 looks a lot different in use than static images. With animations and live tiles, if MS added in a ton of textures it would make users sick. (Ask Apple iOS7 users.)

The Verges has a screenshot showing the new separate volume controls: the Ringer+ Notifications cursor goes only to 10 while the Media + Apps one goes to 30 as it is right now in WP 8.
Does this mean that the ringer volume will be even lower than now?

It won't be lower as in quieter, it's just that you don't need 30 levels of ringer volume adjustment whereas with music/video/etc. you would want it.

holy hell this is a massive ****in update. more tidbits are still leaking.

they finally fixed accidentally hitting the search button when in games or apps. now you have to double tap it.

another feature added is the ability to download stuff from the browser to local storage.

also interesting is that they now support 384x640, 540x960 and 1440x2560 resolution displays

Hope my Nokia Lumia 920 thru at&t is able to get WP 8.1 update when it's out, I got a year left on the contract til April 2015, so hopefully I do get it, and i'll be a happy camper

bikeman25 said,
Hope my Nokia Lumia 920 thru at&t is able to get WP 8.1 update when it's out, I got a year left on the contract til April 2015, so hopefully I do get it, and i'll be a happy camper

SDK confirms all current WP8 devices will get the update. So even if ATT screws up (which I doubt) you will be able to load it from Microsoft directly.

Which looks like WP 7.5 which looks like 7.0.

We all gave apple a lot of flak for the stale boring iOS look. I don't see why MSFT gets a pass. 1-2 years is tops for a UI before you better evolve. MSFT had a questionable UI choice and has failed to perfect it.

I think every two years they should change everything around.

2014: Change all flipping square tiles into circles that roll around to show more info. Make the background red. Change font to Arial.
2016: Change all rolling circles into triangles that change from right to isosceles to show alerts. Make the background green. Change font to Comic Sans.

If they need help keeping their UI fresh, I got a roadmap for the next 20 years, but I don't want to give away all my secrets.

That Battery Power Sense looks promising if it'll help diagnose battery drain. Occasionally I get it on my 520.

Last night I plugged it out of the PC fully charged. Woke up this morning with 26% battery left. WiFi and Bluetooth were both turned off.

Dot Matrix said,

All WP8 devices will be getting 8.1.

Theoretically. It would be more correct to state that all WP8 are capable of receiving the update to 8.1. Due to the carriers, those with phones that are no longer supported will most likely not receive the update. Case in point will be my Nokia 810 on T-Mobile. I will not receive the latest Nokia update because the carrier will no longer support the phone due to a lack of a 4G LTE antenna. I do not expect to be able to update my phone through the proper channels.

pack34 said,

Theoretically. It would be more correct to state that all WP8 are capable of receiving the update to 8.1. Due to the carriers, those with phones that are no longer supported will most likely not receive the update. Case in point will be my Nokia 810 on T-Mobile. I will not receive the latest Nokia update because the carrier will no longer support the phone due to a lack of a 4G LTE antenna. I do not expect to be able to update my phone through the proper channels.

Well, you can debrand it loading a different ROM; only thing you have to be carful is to find a ROM with the same radio bands.
XDA Developers is the best place to further investigate the details.

So true. I was very upset when the 810 did not get the latest Lumia Black update, and now it may not get the 8.1 update. So much for no fragmentation in the Windows Phone world right?

Really wish T-Mobile had promoted it more. They had decent advertising of the phone at it's official kiosks (that I saw) at malls, but the place I got mine (at Costco) didn't advertise or even have a display model of the phone out front. I had to specifically ask for the rep to pull out a non-working model from behind the displays. I feel like it's a decent phone for the price, especially during that time, but it never really got any marketing. Both my dad and I have one.

pack34 said,

Theoretically. It would be more correct to state that all WP8 are capable of receiving the update to 8.1. Due to the carriers, those with phones that are no longer supported will most likely not receive the update. Case in point will be my Nokia 810 on T-Mobile. I will not receive the latest Nokia update because the carrier will no longer support the phone due to a lack of a 4G LTE antenna. I do not expect to be able to update my phone through the proper channels.

Luckily Microsoft has a "developer preview" program. Anyone could sign up for this and receive the bits before their carrier wakes up. This is how I got GDR3 on my phone, well ahead of the time my carrier decided to roll it out.

As a user of WP since day dot, I can only say I agree with you.

Metro is getting a bit stale now (at least the implementation of it in Windows Phone). It used to be that Metro was fresh, and 3rd party devs were the ones failing the design language, but now.. geez, looking at those screenshots, there's no reason why Microsoft can't add something to spruce up Metro a bit. Being a text-based UI is fine, but it doesn't mean you can't jazz things up.

HA HA HA. so right there with you. It's like the UI department at MSFT used windows XP in high contrast and thought windows phone has to be that.

Sigh... This kind of functionality should've been added by now. We should've had 8.1 and an 8.2 by now. Instead we got small updates that added one or two features like NoDo. After we had Mango 7.5, this was something we should've got. Where's Windows RT, where's Windows 8.1?

All I'm asking for is a small UI refresh to catch up to Windows 8.1... Why does Windows Phone have to have such a black and white UI, why can't we have backgrounds like Windows 8 and 8.1 both have, or even our own custom set background? Why is settings still all black with white text? The UI is so dull on HD displays. It was great on a 4inch low-res AMOLED display, brilliant actually, but come on, we have 5 inch 1080p displays now. We shouldn't be upscaling the UI, we should be adapting to the larger screens.

Look at IE for example, why is the address bar so big, with only one button, a big button might I add. But Chrome or Safari both have back and forward and favorite buttons, everything. Windows Phones have it all nested in a menu.

IE for Windows 8.1 was beautifully done and it is the same idea. Same Modern UI, same teams helping each other out now. But on Windows 8.1, there is more everything to the UI that it makes it so much more functional.

PC Settings matches your accent colors, action bars are colorful and transparent. Text isn't comically big, and its adjustable too. Windows Phones are black and white, no options on DPI, its just too simple.

Its just a small UI refresh we need. I really don't want to wait until Windows Phone 9...

I agree with you. Windows 8.1 looks much better than WP (except those disgusting gradients on tiles, I f*cking hate them). Unfortunately, we will have to wait until WP9 comes out.

Man you're so right you deserve an award. Quite simply, what started as a fresh start has turned into a inability to evolve past your own choices which are increasingly proven to be bad.

YOU NAILED the fact that they used black for the AMOLED power savings. But who cares these days? It won't really save you power and certainly customer appeal is more important than 3 more minutes of battery each day.

YOU NAILED the fact that their UI still designed for 800x480. Huge buttons. Huger bars. And yes IE is a freaking disaster of a UI with everything being like shutting down a nuclear reactor in numbers of steps just to add a favorite.

YOU NAILED the fact windows 8 gets the modern UI an be colorful, beautify and dynamic while the WP team is just tossing white text on black backgrounds and calling it design. It was design 3 years ago, now it is just stubbornness.

Sionic Ion said,
Why does Windows Phone have to have such a black and white UI, why can't we have backgrounds like Windows 8 and 8.1 both have, or even our own custom set background? Why is settings still all black with white text?

It has a lot of black because black uses way less power on AMOLED displays as the black pixels are simply turned off. It's the same reason Samsung use a black background on much of their UI.

And i don't know why you're bitching so much, this is the biggest feature update WP has ever had.

neonspark said,

YOU NAILED the fact that they used black for the AMOLED power savings. But who cares these days? It won't really save you power and certainly customer appeal is more important than 3 more minutes of battery each day.

Is this sarcasm?

neonspark said,

YOU NAILED the fact that their UI still designed for 800x480. Huge buttons. Huger bars. And yes IE is a freaking disaster of a UI with everything being like shutting down a nuclear reactor in numbers of steps just to add a favorite.

This simply isn't true, and you know it. Hell, my Lumia 920's resolution is 1280×768 pixels at 332 ppi! I don't know where you're getting these "huge" UI bits from, as I've never had any large UI bits on *any* my Windows Phone devices.

Also, to add a favorite in IE: ... > add to favorites. Simple as that. Wow, that was hard.

neonspark said,

YOU NAILED the fact windows 8 gets the modern UI an be colorful, beautify and dynamic while the WP team is just tossing white text on black backgrounds and calling it design. It was design 3 years ago, now it is just stubbornness.

You realize we're talking smartphones here? Battery is key. You can't have too many effects on limited devices.

I'm quite happy with my Lumia 1520 and could care less about the small stuff, this phone just flat-out owns anything and everything else out there at the moment IMO.

Probably the only thing I miss is seeing a constant signal strength, it's a change I would welcome but not one I am going to moan about because I'll take the extra .21 seconds to swipe down.

Yeah, the problem with Windows Phone is various apps use huge amounts of screen real-estate just for the title, and you can't really adjust the size of anything.

If anything they have over-compensated for higher DPIs - or failed to adjust various apps for the larger screen size. This is evident in a recent review of the Lumia 1520: apps like the People app have nearly the top 2 inches of the display entirely occupied by a single word "People"! I hope stuff like this gets sorted out.

Generally I think Windows Phone has the cleanest, quickest, liveliest smartphone UI. Just missing some important features, and it looks like this update fills most of the gaps.

NoClipMode said,

It has a lot of black because black uses way less power on AMOLED displays as the black pixels are simply turned off. It's the same reason Samsung use a black background on much of their UI.

And i don't know why you're bitching so much, this is the biggest feature update WP has ever had.

Dot Matrix said,

Is this sarcasm?

This simply isn't true, and you know it. Hell, my Lumia 920's resolution is 1280×768 pixels at 332 ppi! I don't know where you're getting these "huge" UI bits from, as I've never had any large UI bits on *any* my Windows Phone devices.

Also, to add a favorite in IE: ... > add to favorites. Simple as that. Wow, that was hard.


You realize we're talking smartphones here? Battery is key. You can't have too many effects on limited devices.

Batteries are bigger now. CPUs are more efficient now. If Microsoft cared about battery life, then why would they be concerned about 5 or 6 inch screen devices? These 1080p screens use much more power but customers want them.

Windows Phone's Modern UI was designed for AMOLED displays as seen on the 4 inch 480x800 screen on the Samsung Focus or Focus S. Windows Phone 7 was designed for low-powered devices. It didn't need a dual core processor or even a quad core.

I switched to a Nexus 5 and while the UI is easier to use because you can adjust font size and it has more buttons making it more functional, I changed the DPI anyway and it truly brings out the 5 inch screen's pros. I don't experience low battery life, and I have a much more productive experience on my phone. And the fact that Windows Phones are much much worse than the Nexus 5's DPI and font size, and you are limited to one single big button in IE on a 5 inch screen sickens me. A 3.5 inch screen iPhone can fit a back, forward, favorite, etc, all without nesting it in a menu. And why on Earth is 5 inch screen limited to using blacks for the background with white text on an LCD display, not AMOLED.

My Lumia 920 wasn't AMOLED, neither is yours. Black backgrounds doesn't mean the backlight doesn't have to kick on, this is also my point. Most displays are going back to LCD all except Samsung. Nokia is using LCD for their Lumia 1520. Samsung doesn't even count, most Windows Phones people have are Nokia.

Everything on Windows 8.1 has a flare of color or some new UI effect. The People app on Windows 8.1 isn't white text on a black screen. Its orange, black, white, grey. My keyboard has a caps button that matches my accent color. My start screen has a background that's very customizable. The action bars are colorful with transparency. PC settings matches my accent colors. The Windows Store has a great background. Everything has a hint of color. Some sense of Modern UI design.

Windows Phones need to have a UI that matches the form factor they are running on. If you are using a HTC 8X, ok use the white on black UI. If you are using the 925 or 1020, use a colorful refreshed UI, and if you are on the 1520, crank it to tablet UI in some instances where it would be helpful.

Oh god again you rant about the black design choise in WP8?....
It is REALLY REALLY simple

SETTINGS > THEME > and change DARK to LIGHT.
And there you go, everything is all white Apple-y.... And see how FAST your battery will die.

And how about the IPS displays on some of the Lumia's(including your own 920)? That also have a lot lower battery usage with dark vs white.
Pretty much any display uses less power with dark colors versus light colors. This isnt specific to AMOLED. Wake up. Oh and it doesn't save minutes, it actually saves HOURS of on-screen time.
My 920 is dead within 2 hours of looking at white screens (browsing Neowin, Tweakers.net etc.... *cries rivers, get black themes jesus!*) Or when I go to imgur or other dark/black sites, my battery life jumps up over the 4 hours of onscreen time. (and imgur uses a bucketload more data due to amount of images/videos vs Neowin or Tweakers)

You can customize your tiles make it all as colorful as you wish with a fancy white background. It is possible... Stop hating on non-issues.

battery its not a problem we don't need 30 sec or 30 minutes slideshow
just 1 custom background doesn't eat our battery

in this case ms so stubborn worse than kid and took wrong decision please some one take this suggestion to ms " we need backgrounds ' i use lockmix app for
lock screen slideshow i don't feel my battery is dying because of that app [ ms dont act lik stubborn bring background feature ]

Shadowzz said,
Oh god again you rant about the black design choise in WP8?....
It is REALLY REALLY simple

SETTINGS > THEME > and change DARK to LIGHT.
And there you go, everything is all white Apple-y.... And see how FAST your battery will die.

And how about the IPS displays on some of the Lumia's(including your own 920)? That also have a lot lower battery usage with dark vs white.
Pretty much any display uses less power with dark colors versus light colors. This isnt specific to AMOLED. Wake up. Oh and it doesn't save minutes, it actually saves HOURS of on-screen time.
My 920 is dead within 2 hours of looking at white screens (browsing Neowin, Tweakers.net etc.... *cries rivers, get black themes jesus!*) Or when I go to imgur or other dark/black sites, my battery life jumps up over the 4 hours of onscreen time. (and imgur uses a bucketload more data due to amount of images/videos vs Neowin or Tweakers)

You can customize your tiles make it all as colorful as you wish with a fancy white background. It is possible... Stop hating on non-issues.

I rant constructive criticism. And I don't hate on non-issues. That white theme is atrocious, the black text on a white background is much worse than white text on a black background. My Nexus 5 has no problems with battery life. My background is animated and moves, none of this takes the dramatic toll on the battery like you say.

I was a bit ranty
Anywho Android works differently to begin with. Bit more CPU/RAM usage would be hardly noticeable. More options is fine, but so is a lightweight OS.
Its not the few little things that help battery life, its a lot of little things together that help. It's a phone. It can run a wide variety of apps and games on it. I'm not staring at my home screen all day, its just there to get me where I want to go.

Sri San Zumba said,
battery its not a problem we don't need 30 sec or 30 minutes slideshow
just 1 custom background doesn't eat our battery

in this case ms so stubborn worse than kid and took wrong decision please some one take this suggestion to ms " we need backgrounds ' i use lockmix app for
lock screen slideshow i don't feel my battery is dying because of that app [ ms dont act lik stubborn bring background feature ]

Why do you need backgrounds? On the homescreen? You'll never see them, the tiles will promptly hide anything you set.

Dot Matrix said,

Why do you need backgrounds? On the homescreen? You'll never see them, the tiles will promptly hide anything you set.

The tiles have one solid gradient-less color to them. Its just blue on black, or green on black, or yellow on white, etc. With any homescreen or start screen, its going to be covered by icons or tiles. Look at Windows 8, there's different colored backgrounds. That's all I'm asking at the very least is to choose an abstract wallpaper like they have on Windows 8 that comes with the OS. I don't need the custom background option like Windows 8.1 has.

This Ui design choice is spread across the entire Windows Phone Modern UI. Either black or white. Those settings pages are awful, if they don't change the UI, then its guaranteed that they will be that bland at release like they are now.

ms always should give such option to choose what we want and what we don't

that is always better they shouldn't decide what we choose " in that case l like win 8.1 "

I wonder how much is still missing from this build? We know the new action center and cortana aren't in so it's easy to guess more things are also not in/missing.

That aside this has quite a bit in it to start, there's also little changes that help, like tweaking the search button. Now when in a full screen app like a game you'd have to hit the search button twice for it to work, so hitting it once by mistake no longer does anything.

Yeah disappointed not to see the notifications center and I don't exactly understand how the back button now works, (the same except for closing an app I guess?)

Steven P. said,
Yeah disappointed not to see the notifications center and I don't exactly understand how the back button now works, (the same except for closing an app I guess?)

Yes, it's the same except that if you back fully out of an app it doesn't close it anymore. The only way to fully close an app manually now is through the task switcher.

Fritzly said,
I would like a forward button in IE.
I would like a back button that doesn't take me back to the home screen after just coming back to IE, when I know I had previous pages open.

Fritzly said,
I would like a forward button in IE.

They might add the forward and back swipe feature that metro IE on Windows has, that would be a good way to do it IMO since the space is limited to have more buttons visible.

The space isn't limited. Its the DPI. They have it at a comical size now that were using devices with 5 inch screens. They can fit in several buttons if they tried. But instead they like having everything big and large.

Sionic Ion said,
The space isn't limited. Its the DPI. They have it at a comical size now that were using devices with 5 inch screens. They can fit in several buttons if they tried. But instead they like having everything big and large.

We're talking about IE here, majority of the space is taken up by the address bar. Sure you can add more buttons on a bigger screen but then you're not keeping a constant UI.

Exactly, we don't run phone apps upscale to tablet screen sizes, do we? No unless we have to. 5 inch screens aren't 3.5 inch screens. I think people are forgetting that's where our smartphone operating systems started. 4 inch screens showed what 3.5 inch screens could on the iPhone. From there to 4.3, we didn't really ever gain space on the screen but everything got bigger. Now when you use an iPhone 5S its surprising how much it does on that small screen but we want a bigger one, why? Its not because we believe its more beneficial to have everything bigger and ditch one-handed capability. Its to ditch being able to use one hand to show more on the screen.

Everything is big on Windows Phones and the Nexus 5 is just like that. But if you go back to the iPhone 5S, the screen has the same stuff on it. But its smaller. Why'd we go bigger? Why did we upscale? Why didn't we just get more space?

We took a step back when we thought we were moving forward. And Microsoft with this huge black and white UI (sorry Microsoft, it was made for the Focus, not the screens we have today with the bigger batteries we got and the more efficient CPUs), well they are taking two steps back with it being in its current state.

SierraSonic said,
I would like a back button that doesn't take me back to the home screen after just coming back to IE, when I know I had previous pages open.

Switch to IE through the app-switcher. Back button stays as is

Back button works the same. How it is implemented is more flexible for devs. And when backing out of an app, the app is not tombstoned straight away.

Fritzly said,
I would like a forward button in IE.

You can go with IC Browser for the time being. Swipe to go forward and back.

Wyn6 said,

You can go with IC Browser for the time being. Swipe to go forward and back.


Interesting, I will check it. Thanks for the tips.

Sionic Ion said,
Exactly, we don't run phone apps upscale to tablet screen sizes, do we? No unless we have to. 5 inch screens aren't 3.5 inch screens. I think people are forgetting that's where our smartphone operating systems started. 4 inch screens showed what 3.5 inch screens could on the iPhone. From there to 4.3, we didn't really ever gain space on the screen but everything got bigger. Now when you use an iPhone 5S its surprising how much it does on that small screen but we want a bigger one, why? Its not because we believe its more beneficial to have everything bigger and ditch one-handed capability. Its to ditch being able to use one hand to show more on the screen.

Everything is big on Windows Phones and the Nexus 5 is just like that. But if you go back to the iPhone 5S, the screen has the same stuff on it. But its smaller. Why'd we go bigger? Why did we upscale? Why didn't we just get more space?

We took a step back when we thought we were moving forward. And Microsoft with this huge black and white UI (sorry Microsoft, it was made for the Focus, not the screens we have today with the bigger batteries we got and the more efficient CPUs), well they are taking two steps back with it being in its current state.

The interface on my Lumia 1520 is definitely not just an up-scaled version of what my wife sees on her Lumia 1020. It's very apparent that the resolution is different.

Stokkolm said,

The interface on my Lumia 1520 is definitely not just an up-scaled version of what my wife sees on her Lumia 1020. It's very apparent that the resolution is different.

Yea it kinda is. http://arstechnica.com/gadgets...are-troublesome-software/2/

It can show more, like on the start screen, but in places like Internet Explorer, the address bar is simply an upscaled version of the one on the HTC 8X. This is what I mean. The UI doesn't adjust to the device, at least barely, nowhere near enough.

Finally we got a week view! Now if I could get colored categories and few other improvements I will be a happy camper.... Of course a new 5" 1080, SD card enabled Lumia.

Colored categories? There is a color choice for every (custom) calendar you add? You could just add a custom calendar in Outlook and then save that as a "category" color too..

Steven P. said,
Colored categories? There is a color choice for every (custom) calendar you add? You could just add a custom calendar in Outlook and then save that as a "category" color too..

I "live" in Outlook, connected to our company Exchange, and I use the built in categories all the time. Create custom calendars is not the same experience.

Fritzly said,

I "live" in Outlook, connected to our company Exchange, and I use the built in categories all the time. Create custom calendars is not the same experience.

The website works just fine, even in IE10 on WP8. For both outlook.com and exchange based sites.

They are not going to add all of outlook's features to a calendar App.

Mobius Enigma said,

The website works just fine, even in IE10 on WP8. For both outlook.com and exchange based sites.

They are not going to add all of outlook's features to a calendar App.

Outlook OWA has undoubtedly improved but, personally, I prefer the full version I have on my computer. What will happen in the future... Who knows? It took MS three years to add a Week view, hopefully with the next version it will further improve.
It is ridiculous that the same company that introduced zooming ability in the monthly view years ago nowadays can only offer ipse lorum and hello from Seattle .
I am not demanding something like what Pocket Informant offered in WM 6.5, just a functional Calendar.

Fritzly said,

Outlook OWA has undoubtedly improved but, personally, I prefer the full version I have on my computer. What will happen in the future... Who knows? It took MS three years to add a Week view, hopefully with the next version it will further improve.
It is ridiculous that the same company that introduced zooming ability in the monthly view years ago nowadays can only offer ipse lorum and hello from Seattle .
I am not demanding something like what Pocket Informant offered in WM 6.5, just a functional Calendar.

I agree with you.

I even think Microsoft should of just fully enabled the WinSxS desktop for WP8 and let users run Outlook on their phones. Which is still an option they may allow depending on how well the WinRT APIs have progressed for Windows 9/WP9.

They plan on almost full convergence in WP9 with Windows RT, and hopefully there will be a good WinRT version of Outlook available by then.

Even with a good vision, Microsoft has screwed up the implementation of WP/Win8's new frameworks. They should never have been so far apart to begin, Sinofsky and others are to blame.

I could pick them to death on the stupid crap; however, the movement in the past 3-4 months at Microsoft has been moving in a really good direction that corrects most of my criticisms.

If things don't look marginally better over the course of this year, it will be time to start screaming at them again.

Mobius Enigma said,

I agree with you.

I even think Microsoft should of just fully enabled the WinSxS desktop for WP8 and let users run Outlook on their phones. Which is still an option they may allow depending on how well the WinRT APIs have progressed for Windows 9/WP9.

Seriously? While you often post some good stuff, that's pretty stupid. Outlook as it is on the PC would not work at all on a phone. It needs a completely different UI for phones and that's what we've got. Sure it's currently missing features, but that's just something Microsoft has to work on improving. The solution most certainly is not to port over as-is classic desktop applications onto the phone, simply because it may technically be possible.

Not necessarily, while we have no idea what it will look like, and by far more important what features it will retain, it is well know and confirmed by MS that a Metro version of Outlook and other Office apps are in the work therefore it is not inconceivable that in the future these apps could land on smartphones as well.

Dot Matrix said,
This looks great! Now why can't Windows 8.1 Update 1 looks as sharp and consistent?

The beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.... I like Update 1 very much

Lord Method Man said,

Me too. Some people are just afraid of change.

I've been using vanilla Windows 8 since release, and you're telling *me* I'm afraid of change? Right...

Dot Matrix said,
This looks great! Now why can't Windows 8.1 Update 1 looks as sharp and consistent?

To be fair.... this is wp 8.1, wp users have been stuck with 8 for a very long time and 8.1 for windows has also been out for a very long time as well, and it also brought just as many features.

Dot Matrix said,
... Mention the start button / menu again and I'll cut you ...

I agree.
This is a great update, but W8.1 update1 seems less ambitious.

Dot Matrix said,

I've been using vanilla Windows 8 since release, and you're telling *me* I'm afraid of change? Right...

Yes, you're terrified of change. If you weren't you'd embrace Update 1 as Microsoft are infallible therefore any changes they make are good changes.

I'm with you. I HATE the desktop-style menus on metro. Making Win8 easier for desktop users does NOT mean make it look ugly. It seems MS fired designers and hired Windows 95 designers.

All right I eat the bait and give you a pondered reply:
This "being afraid of changes" mantra was created by people, and you were among them, that characterized others who, for many different reasons, did not like the changes introduced in the original W8 release. The fact is that "changes", with the vocable meant in a general context not just technology, are by nature and definition neither good or bad, what these changes means and how they affect/benefit the targeted ones is what will characterized the way they are received and the reactions and feelings of such subjects.
In the specific you were pleased with the changes that W8 brought you and embrace them; now you are, so to speak, not so pleased with the further changes these new releases added to the whole experience and therefore you are recalcitrant to embrace them.
The mantra of "being afraid of changes" was groundless and ill conceived from its inception and, irony of history, you have become a victim of what you, previously, heralded.

Dot Matrix said,

I've been using vanilla Windows 8 since release, and you're telling *me* I'm afraid of change? Right...

All right I eat the bait and give you a pondered reply:
This "being afraid of changes" mantra was created by people, and you were among them, that characterized others who, for many different reasons, did not like the changes introduced in the original W8 release. The fact is that "changes", with the vocable meant in a general context not just technology, are by nature and definition neither good or bad, what these changes mean and how they affect/benefit the targeted ones is what will characterized the way they are received and the reactions and feelings of such subjects.
In the specific you were pleased with the changes that W8 brought you and embrace them; now you are, so to speak, not so pleased with the further changes these new releases added to the whole experience and therefore you are recalcitrant to embrace them.
Note that there is nothing wrong neither with your first reaction nor with the following one; it the mantra of "being afraid of changes" that was groundless and ill conceived from its inception and, irony of history, you have become a victim of what you, previously, heralded.

Thank you @Firtzly. Those who accused others for being "afraid" of changes for Windows 8 deserves to have it bitten back to them.

I can't stand it when someone thinks their needs is good enough for everyone else, and when others are not happy, it is simply okay to accuse them of "being afraid of changes".