Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 1 folder feature shown off on video

Next week, Microsoft will push out an update to Windows Phone 8.1 users who are part of the developers program but if you don't want to wait until then to see how the folders will work, a new video posted to YouTube has you covered. The feature works like you would expect; long press to be able to move a tile and by dragging it over another tile, this allows you to create a folder.

The folders, when opened, create space on the Start screen below the tiles to expand the folder with a fluid transition. You can see in the video above how this all works and we will have a more detailed look once the update is pushed down to developers next week.

The update will bring other enhancements to the platform too, such as a large update to Internet Explorer that will make it act more like iOS and Android browsers to provide a better mobile browsing experience.

Source: YouTube

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It would sure be nice if I could get Windows Phone 8.1/Lumia Cyan on my 920 with AT&T in the US, before they actually release the next update.

I mean, come on.

I know GDR 1 is around the corner, but almost makes me wish these new features were part of 8.1 final.

thats why i dont regret getting a windows phone over a crappy android - i actually received one update and this GDR one will be coming in less than a month


on android i didnt receive updates for more than a year and on my first android, the update that came after an year, it couldnt install for some reason

Looks good, I'd like to see how IE turns out though, I use that more than I plan to use folders, though with how the games hub has went to hell I might just toss all my games into a Games folder.

PmRd said,

Yeah... because this video would really be better if we saw what's on each side of the phone


There's no excuse for vertical video whatsoever, regardless of the subject. Vertical video looks
crap on any non-vertical display, which is the vast majority of standard display resolutions on
monitors and TV's, especially those that are widescreen format.

If you're going to make a vertical video on your cameraphone, keep it on there, as that's the
only display that it's worth viewing on. Do not attempt to upload it to the internet ... ever.

A bit over the top for a video orientation. There was a time people complained about 3:4 videos looking bad on their 16:9 displays..

PmRd said,
Yeah... because this video would really be better if we saw what's on each side of the phone

Shooting vertically is a bad idea, because after uploading, the video loses resolution, and hence detail.

This video, for example, is 270 horizontally x 360 vertically. Should've been the other way around.

eddman said,

This video, for example, is 270 horizontally x 360 vertically. Should've been the other way around.

I meant that it could've been at least 640 horizontally x 360 vertically if recorded properly.

I like live tile but if many live tiles is in start screen, it make my eyes be dizzy.
So I hope that live folders don't flip when I put tiles like office and it flips when I put live tiles like news apps into folder. Or give us option to turn on & off live folders

Dot Matrix said,
I like the way they expand. Very similar to tile groups on Windows 8.1.... If only WP 8.1 had tile grouping.... *sigh*

This is infinitely better.

I'm interested in exactly how the "live" part of the live folders will work. I read it displays the updates from the apps inside, but how exactly does this work? Are the little thumbnails for the apps inside the folder tile live? Does the entire folder tile itself flip to show the update?

Kyang said,
I'm interested in exactly how the "live" part of the live folders will work. I read it displays the updates from the apps inside, but how exactly does this work? Are the little thumbnails for the apps inside the folder tile live? Does the entire folder tile itself flip to show the update?

The thumbnails are live and flip, much like how the People hub tile does.