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

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 will be 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.

Version Release date Changes

8.10.12359.845 (Blue)[edit]

April 14, 2014
  • User Interface
    • Action Center showing actionable (if developer enabled) notifications, accessed by swiping from top to the bottom
    • Quick settings access in action center with four configurable shortcuts to: Bluetooth, brightness, camera, flight mode, internet sharing, location, project screen, rotation lock, VPN, Wi-Fi
    • Start screen backgrounds
    • 'Cortana' smart personal assistant, based on the Bing service
    • Swipe down to close apps in multitasking view
    • Silent notifications which go directly to the Action center
    • Filter through installed apps by usage/install date
    • Possibility to mark a Live Tile as read by swiping from the left of said tile
    • Support for virtual on-screen buttons called 'Navigation bar'
    • Navigation bar color selection
    • Gesture keyboard
  • General user experience changes
    • Bing smart search (similar search system as Windows 8.1)
    • Back button doesn't close application
    • Contact speed dialling
    • Contacts only with phone number shown
    • Contacts with inner circle; up to 40 contacts
    • 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, show emoji when typing
    • In-call speech commands
    • Kid's Corner - Password won't be displayed (bug fix)
    • Notification if charger isn’t of adequate power
    • Quiet Hours - Disable notifications during pre-selected time-frame
    • 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
  • 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
    • 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
    • Possibility to change default texting application
    • 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
    • Support for 384×640, 540×960 and 1440×2560 screen resolution
    • Geofencing API for location-based reminders
    • JavaScript and HTML 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
    • XAP file format replaced with APPX (like Windows 8.1)
    • XNA support removed
    • Stereoscopic 3D support
    • New developer tools including: SemanticZoom, DatePicker, TimePicker
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