Microsoft posts Windows Phone 8 "Portico" release notes

Earlier today, Nokia announced it would be updating its Lumia 920 and 820 smartphones here in the US with its own software upgrade. The software update also included the first public launch of the "Portico" update for Windows Phone 8.

Today, Microsoft finally posted up the release notes for "Portico" on its Windows Phone 8 update history page. The actual version number for the update is 8.0.10211.204 and one of the big improvements in this update will be for its messaging feature. Microsoft says:

You can now add multiple recipients at the same time when you send a text message and automatically save unsent text messages as drafts. You can even edit received text messages before you forward them.

The update also allows users to create a pre-written text reply to a caller and the WiFi has an additional feature that will put your most used WiFi connections up front based on the connection history of the device. Finally, Internet Explorer can now be setup to stop the automatic download of images along with the ability to delete specific websites from the browser's history.

There's no word yet on when the other Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones or the HTC Windows Phone 8X will receive the "Portico" update.

Source: Microsoft

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Actually troll it is a pretty advanced OS, much more so than ios or android. You actually need to read a bit and have some intelligence to understand what makes wp8 run.

FYI I'm not a troll. These "features" were on Android 2.3 and possibly below (I'm not sure, I have only used 2.3 and up). Android 2.3 was released on December 6th 2010 making it a little over 2 years old. Making these "features" at least 2 years old. So these "features" are hardly advanced.

And don't assume I have low intelligence. How rude is that?!

Every mobile OS has had missing features at launch. iOS didn't have multitasking or copy/paste originally and Android recently forgot December existed. Mocking WP8 for improving functionality and adding missing features is essentially trolling.

WTF? How is this trolling? I'm stating a fact that it has taken Microsoft far too long to add these basic features into a "mature mobile OS".

The December incident with Android was a software bug and not a feature removal, it's not like they planned for it to happen!

I understand it that every OS has missing features at launch, but for a successful product they should have the basics sorted out immediately! This is just slacking and bad priority on the managements behalf.

I have an unlocked Lumia 920. It's odd that the carrier-locked version is getting updates before the unlocked version, no?

I'm wondering about this as well. I have the developer version of the phone, the one MS kindly gave out to people who attended its BUILD conference a month ago. I was under the impression that the developer phones would get dibs on pre-release iterations of updates... but I guess not. It'll arrive soon enough. Hoping the 8X gets this as well as that's my primary phone now.

That is correct. The reason is, carriers don't want untested phones on their networks. Since your phone is unlocked you have the freedom to use any compatible network. This means you could bring a bad thing to a carrier that isn't ready to receive it. So until all carriers have rolled it out, unlocked ones are usually last to get it. This way carriers are not surprised when entitled Joe Bob takes his phone that has been updated and contains a bug that happens to crash the carriers network. Once all carriers have updates, it's pretty safe to roll out to unlocked phones as any issues should have arisen and been taken care of.

Yeah that would be a neat feature hopefully they will introduce it sooner or later, not a crucial feature atm, I'd rather get the other problems sorted out first.

I was disappointed when Mango rolled out and it was only custom ringtones not notifications as well. Surely it can't be hard to add!

I think what it tries to say is, you can select multiple recipients at the same time in the same UI, with a checkbox or similar method, instead of clicking the add recipient button for each person.

I just know I have groups set up in my contacts, and I can text them all at once already, so this is just another way of doing it.

basques said,
I think what it tries to say is, you can select multiple recipients at the same time in the same UI, with a checkbox or similar method, instead of clicking the add recipient button for each person.

Yep. It's very convenient, I like it.

basques said,
I think what it tries to say is, you can select multiple recipients at the same time in the same UI, with a checkbox or similar method, instead of clicking the add recipient button for each person.

Got to be this, surely?

They should have worded it better.

Its in the UI when you click the tiny + sign on the recipient field. You can now select multiple people through checkmarks in your contact list.

You've always been able to select multiple people one at a time in the field by typing ect.