Windows Phone version history

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The version history of the Windows Phone operating system began with the release of Windows Phone 7 in October 2010.


Version history[edit]

Previous release Current release Future Release

Windows Phone 7[edit]

Windows Phone 7.5[edit]

Windows Phone 7.8[edit]

Windows Phone 8[edit]

Windows Phone 8.1[edit]

Table of versions: Windows Phone 8.1
Main article: Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1 (codenamed "Blue") is Microsoft's next major update to Windows Phone. The focus of the update is to bring the OS up to feature parity with competing Android and iOS operating systems, and to continue the unification of Windows Phone with Windows as a step to Microsoft's long term goal of one Windows. [37]

On February 10, 2014, Microsoft started sharing its Windows Phone 8.1 Software Development Kit (SDK) with developers and the changes and new features for Windows Phone 8.1 in the list below have since been confirmed.[38][39] The final version of the operating system was revealed to the public on April 2, 2014 at Microsoft's Build developer conference in San Francisco, and was officially released in mid-April 2014.

Documentation for the SDK also confirms that all current Windows Phone 8 devices will get the 8.1 upgrade. Windows Phone 8.1 apps will not run on WP8 devices, but older apps made for Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 will run on WP8.1 smartphones.[38]

On April 14, 2014, Microsoft released Windows Phone 8.1 through its developer preview program which, although contrary to the name, is accessible to any user. On May 14, 2014, a first update to the Preview for Developers followed. On June 2, 2014 and on June 12, 2014 have been released other two updates to fix some minor bugs and to enable the compatibility of Windows Phone 8.1 to other devices.

Version Release date Changes

8.10.12359.845 (Blue)[edit]

April 14, 2014
  • User Interface
    • Action Center showing either standard or silent toast notifications, accessed by swiping from top to the bottom
    • Quick settings access in action center with four (or five on large screens like 6 inch Nokia Lumia 1520[40]) configurable shortcuts to: Airplane mode, bluetooth, brightness, camera, internet sharing, location, project screen, Quiet Hours, rotation lock, VPN, Wi-Fi
    • Start screen backgrounds
    • Support for start screen live tile rows of up to 6 small or 3 medium live tiles[41]
    • 'Cortana' smart personal assistant, based on the Bing service
    • Swipe down to close apps in multitasking view
    • Recently installed apps are annotated with 'NEW' in the app list[42]
    • Support for virtual on-screen buttons called 'Navigation bar' with custom background color selection
    • Gesture keyboard, that is, swipe across letters on keyboard to type (Shape Writing)
  • General user experience changes
    • Bing smart search (similar search system as Windows 8.1)
    • Back button doesn't close application
    • Contact speed dialling
    • Ability to show only Contacts with phone number
    • Contacts with 'Inner Circle'; up to 40 Contacts (requires Cortana support)
    • Double-Tap to unlock your phone (Feature from Lumia devices on Amber Update and newer)
    • Favourite photos by tapping a heart icon
    • General keyboard enhancements including show emoji when typing and recognize names of Contacts
    • In-call speech commands
    • Notification if charger isn't of adequate power
    • Quiet Hours - Disable notifications during pre-selected time-frame or when 'Busy' in calendar (requires Cortana)[43]
    • Screenshot button combination is now Power + Volume Up
    • Search button will be the new way to open Speech (aka ‘Cortana’)
    • Separate volume controls for ringtones/notifications and music/media
    • Set default Voice Navigation app for the OS
    • Voice Narrator for Accessibility
    • USB action choices
    • File picker
    • Wi-Fi Sense: sharing secured Wi-Fi Networks with contacts if they have Wi-Fi Sense
    • Wi-Fi can auto re-enable after a set duration of time
    • Status bar with Signal strength, Wi-Fi, Battery etc. is always visible (doesn't auto-hide)[44]
    • Phone history group repeat calls from a user annotated with number of calls[45]
  • New technology support
    • VPN (Virtual Private Network), auto-triggered VPN
    • Wi-Fi Direct, allowing direct peer-to-peer connections over Wi-Fi without an access point
    • Enterprise Wi-Fi support with EAP-TLS
    • Miracast; PlayTo and mirroring of Windows Phone screen to TVs and/or monitors
    • Bluetooth 4.0 LE (requires phone firmware support, temporarily removed from DP version)
    • Dual SIM
    • Mouse and keyboard (HID)
    • Support for Qualcomm Snapdragon 200/400/400 LTE
    • Full support for TD-LTE and SGLTE
  • Internet Explorer 11
    • WebGL
    • Normal mapping
    • File uploads
    • File downloads to local storage
    • Password manager
    • Video player including HTML5 video support (video playback doesn't have to be full screen)
    • Tab, history, favorites and password synchronization with Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 8.1
    • Forward and back by swiping right and left
  • Apps
    • Ability to install apps, save photos, app and game data on inserted SD Cards (apps on SD Cards only allowed from one originating phone)
    • Auto-updates for apps (like Windows 8.1), including when only on Wi-Fi
    • App Suggestions by location
    • Better backup functionality including app and game data to OneDrive (if developer enabled)
    • Battery power sense, monitors app battery usage
    • Battery Saver (under Battery Sense) will have an app exclusion list
    • Single sign-in for apps (like on Windows 8) with Microsoft Account; sign in will persist across devices + apps with permissions prompt
    • Podcast app powered by Bing, full featured
    • Facebook and OneDrive photos integration in photos app removed
    • Office apps support password protected documents
    • Office Lens support for scanning documents with camera, import into Office with OCR
    • OneDrive (previously SkyDrive) with integrated file browser (like Windows 8.1)
    • Twitter integrated more deeply into the contacts Hub
    • Updated calendar app with weather for days and week view
    • Updated camera app, similar to Windows 8.1, with burst mode and HDR
    • Updated email app with ability to always download emails and pictures within them, sync with accordance to usage patterns
    • Updated messaging app with ability to mute thread
    • Xbox Music and Xbox Video as standalone apps instead of the Music + Video Hub (allowing more updates to be pushed)
    • Xbox Game Hub redesigned
  • System
    • Chkdsk for SD cards to ensure card health
    • The phone will have to update to the latest version before you can restore it to factory settings
    • Trusted app list for NFC that will remove the need for asking whether you want to open a particular app
    • Virtual SmartCard support
    • Wallet supports tickets, membership cards, and Passbook
    • Ability for operators to install certain applications once SIM card is detected
    • Ability for operators to control Data Sense limits remotely
  • Enterprise
    • S/MIME to sign and encrypt email
    • Enterprise enrolled phones can have their passwords changed and remotely locked
    • Access to corporate resources behind the firewall with app aware
    • Certificate management to enroll, update and revoke certificates for user authentication
    • Enhanced MDM policies to lock down functionality on the phone for more enterprise control, in addition to richer application management such as allowing or denying the installing of certain apps.
  • Developer features
    • Background tasks: Bluetooth signal strength, Chat message notification, Device connection change, Device use trigger, Gatt characteristic notification, Location, Push notification, Rfcomm connection, System event, Timer
    • Geofencing API for location-based reminders
    • Native HTML5/JavaScript app development support
    • Audio/video transcoding (same API as in WinRT), hardware accelerated
    • Media editing: audio and video effects; slow motion video
    • Apps can capture audio/video from themselves
    • New APPX app package format for new Windows Phone 8.1 apps, similar to Windows 8.1 APPX format
    • Stereoscopic 3D support
    • New developer tools including: SemanticZoom, DatePicker, TimePicker

8.10.12382.878[edit]

May 14, 2014
  • Intermediate update
  • Features "several quality improvements"

8.10.12393.890[edit]

June 2, 2014
  • Change in Boot Logo
  • Some minor bug fixes
  • Battery improvement

8.10.12397.895[edit]

June 12, 2014
  • Improvements to APIs
  • Enables new devices

8.10.12400.899[edit]

July 16, 2014
Version Release date Changes

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