Microsoft's Joe Belfiore uses Twitter to answer Windows Phone 8.1 questions

The launch of Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview earlier today was preceded over the weekend by a bunch of Twitter messages from Joe Belfiore, the leader for Microsoft's Windows Phone team. Belfiore answered a number of questions from folks about what features will be in, and more importantly, what features won't be in the preview version.

There's one small but cool feature in Windows Phone 8.1 that is not in the developer preview; the lock screen theme app. Belfiore said there's no date yet for its release:

The Quiet Hours feature, which silences a smartphone except for getting messages from specific contacts, is not available for all countries yet in the Developer Preview. Belfiore said this was due to the fact that Quiet Hours is tied into the Cortana digital assistant, which is only enabled for US users at the moment.

One person asked if a bug that has caused some Windows Phone 8 device owners to see duplicate songs on their phone has been fixed for 8.1 Belfiore thinks it has been fixed, but didn't seem sure.

Finally, Belfiore said that the Office apps for Windows Phone 8.1 will get bug fixes but no major new features will be added.

We will keep an eye out on his Twitter feed today as more people download the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview and ask him questions about it.

Source: Joe Belfiore on Twitter | Image via Microsoft

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I still don't understand why Cortana is automatically turned off when you switch off Location. I understand that with the latter off some functionalities would not be available but there is no need to have the GPS always on.

Works fine for me, through it has to be noted that the Store has experienced problems due to a lot of people updating at once all their apps.

psreloaded said,
Why is the store not working after the update!! Surprised no one asked that..

The store worked for me, auto-updated some apps and I also managed to get the new FB app from it. That was 3-4hrs ago though and now it's having issues.

http://www.wpcentral.com/servi...=wpc&utm_medium=twitter

They know about it, it's some server side problems that they're going to fix, probably being hammered or something from everyone updating. After I upgraded to 8.1 I had 5 or so app updates waiting as well.

George P said,

The store worked for me, auto-updated some apps and I also managed to get the new FB app from it. That was 3-4hrs ago though and now it's having issues.

http://www.wpcentral.com/servi...=wpc&utm_medium=twitter

They know about it, it's some server side problems that they're going to fix, probably being hammered or something from everyone updating. After I upgraded to 8.1 I had 5 or so app updates waiting as well.

Same for me, updated 5 apps right away then no access.

psreloaded said,
Why is the store not working after the update!! Surprised no one asked that..

Did you change your region to the US to get Cortana? There have been complaints about Store not working after users changed their region settings.

They should try to get quiet hours out to more people, I don't know why it had to be tied directly to Cortana to the point that it couldn't be offered without it for now. I think they'll work that out though and let us have them on their own without having to wait to get Cortana as well.

As far as the Office apps, I think they're going to get updated after or around the same time they finally release Office touch for Windows. The rumor about WP8.1 getting at least 2 updates this year could indicate that one of them will have new versions of the Office apps.

@joebelfiore how many years (or decades) will it take for windows phone to support connecting to a Microsoft SSTP VPN ?

TPreston said,
@joebelfiore how many years (or decades) will it take for windows phone to support connecting to a Microsoft SSTP VPN ?

Well, I am *assuming* that the carried over the VPN Stack from Windows, so I am hoping it supports everything supported by Windows.

It wouldn't make much sense to duplicate their work for less support...

M_Lyons10 said,

Well, I am *assuming* that the carried over the VPN Stack from Windows, so I am hoping it supports everything supported by Windows.

It wouldn't make much sense to duplicate their work for less support...

It doesn't support sstp, only ikev2.

sjaak327 said,

It doesn't support sstp, only ikev2.

That could change, we don't know if they add or don't add more things to this before we see new phones hit the market, for now it is still just a preview.

George P said,

That could change, we don't know if they add or don't add more things to this before we see new phones hit the market, for now it is still just a preview.

Yes, in fact the vpn function can be extended, there is already one app available via the store (stepstone).