Microsoft yesterday have released a collection of updates which are quickly rolling out to Windows Phone Insiders and of course those on the Windows 10 Preview Program.
First up is an update to what you’re running now, Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2. Whilst the update so far is only on select devices, most recently the Lumia 930 using the Insider Program, it does offer quite a selection of features set to push Windows Phone 8.1 before the big Windows 10 release.
One of the biggest changes coming in Windows 10, is partially coming in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2, with a big update to the Settings app. The Settings experience in Windows Phone has always been a rather condaluted experience, with the app generally just been a list of multiple options with no categorical order, making it rather confusing for finding what you’re looking for. Whilst it’s not as big of a change as what’s in Windows 10, the update is still very welcome and to be fair we prefer it.
You can also Pin any Setting you wish directly to the Start screen, making it very convienient to get to where you need to, although their has been apps for that.
RESET PROTECTION FEATURES
Another big feature, and another “finally”, is Rest Protection Features. Ever since Apple integrated the feature allowing Customer signed in to iCloud, have to have that information when their iPhone was wrongly reset, Google has since followed suite in KitKat, there’s been high demand for Microsoft to implement the same feature on Windows Phone, which it seems they are doing starting with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2.
This is a big feature mainly for security, as the functionality has been known to reduce the level of iPhones stolen from a very high level. We expect, if you do wish to factory reset your phone, it will be the same as iOS to reset by logging out of all your Accounts and turning off the feature first.
BLUETOOTH KEYBOARD SUPPORT
Another feature coming in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 is another “finally” feature, native support for Bluetooth Keyboards. To be fair, we actually thought this features was already in Windows Phone, but turns out not, and we did test to make sure.
Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 also supports Video Conferencing, and will be rolling out starting today.
PREVIEW SOME OF THE NEW WINDOWS 10 FEATURES
It may not be rolling out until the mid to end of the year, but Windows Central has uploaded a preview video of the latest just released build of Windows 10, which is available below;
We’ll have further updates from Windows 10 for Phones and Desktop, following it’s upcoming imminent release