Microsoft releases new Windows Phone 8.1 videos

Not sure what Windows Phone 8.1 is about? Well then shame on you for not reading our full, detailed review! Once you have read it, you might also want to check out a couple of new videos from Microsoft, explaining some of the new features available in the OS. 

Although the developer preview has been available for older units since last month, the release of the Nokia Lumia 630 - which launched most recently in the UK - marks the official debut of Windows Phone 8.1.

The first video shows some of the more basic features of Windows Phone. The video introduces users to the unique Start Screen, Live Tiles, app store, app list, and many other core elements of the OS.

The second video focuses on Windows Phone 8.1, including some of the new and advanced features like Cortana, how to customize and set-up a third row of Live Tiles, Wi-Fi Sense, and more. The video also introduces users to less prominent features, including the new Swype-style "shape writing" keyboard, the pull-down menu for independent volume controls for ringers / notifications and media / apps.

Windows Phone 8.1 is now available on the newly released Nokia Lumia 630 and as a download via the Developer Preview program. The preview for developers is not an official public release and could contain bugs and have issues, so download at your own risk.

Source: phoneArena via YouTube (1,2) | Image via YouTube

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WP is awesome cant wait for the lumia 930 to be released so i can own it up windows style... my lumia 800 is getting a bit slow sometimes now so needs an upgrade :D

What a fail that they show the OS this choppy... people will think that Windows Phone is this choppy... nice marketing there lol.

MikeInBA said,
Was it me, or did that transition swipe for the notification center look pretty choppy?

The original Dev Preview did have some choppiness in the animations.

There have been less since the update.

Cortana is currently still in beta and only available in the US. Once she grows up a bit more they'll let her out of the house and see he world..

Radium said,
Cortana is only availible in the US? :(
Why?

Because speech recognition takes time and by its nature is very localized and its still in beta?

I have set my phone to us though (I'm in UK) and Cortana works fine.

Radium said,
Cortana is only availible in the US? :(
Why?

because it is still beta feature. I would guess it will be released WW by the time windows phone 9 would come out.

The voice search doesn't support Swedish, yet (maybe it never will). The feature is still in the phone but US English.
I'm just wondering, how finished is Cortana?

Radium said,
The voice search doesn't support Swedish, yet (maybe it never will). The feature is still in the phone but US English.
I'm just wondering, how finished is Cortana?

Cortana is more the intellect behind things, the voice recognition part and language support is the same so I would guess its all being worked on just the same.

Radium said,
..... how finished is Cortana?

She is the culmination of decades of MSR projects coming to a head.

If you want an arbitrary number, 30% sounds about right. The remaining bits will evolve over time.
Cortana's story will grow and expand as they integrate remaining features into her (translator, which is also still evolving) and App Devs update their packages to include the voiceXML files to tell Cortana how to interact.

Only then will we common folk be able to realize the potential. The only third party app I've heard about with Cortana support at the moment is wikipedia from Rudy Huyn.