Notable announcements of day 1
- Windows 8.1 update is available today via MSDN, and on April 8th via Windows Update for all
- Visual Studio 2013 update 2 RC released, get it at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42307
- Windows Phone 8.1 available this month for developers registered with Windows Phone Preview for Developers, June for end users (depending on carriers…).
- New model in VS2013 update 2 to create apps for both Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1, and later Xbox One as well (so “Universal” in the terms of Windows…)
- A new touch version of Office is being written as an universal app
- “Shared app identities” allows users to purchase an app once and use it on Windows and Phone!
Windows 8.1 Update
- Series of enhancements for better mouse/keyboard integration with Metro and the desktop (at last!!)
- Default boot to desktop mode for non touch systems!
- Desktop: Pin Windows Store apps to the taskbar, right-click context menus, …
- Start menu is back with vengeance and tiles support!
- Windows free for 9” and less screen devices!
Windows Phone 8.1
- Cortana (beta): new digital personal assistant for WP8.1, replacing the bing search button (good riddance!!)
- More customizable lock screen + API
- Action Center, a pull down notification bar that allows quick access to app info and settings
- Support for multi-sim phones
- New workflow keyboard with swipe interface
- Support for Bluetooth LE (i.e. Fitbit)
- New Nokia devices: Lumia 630 (with on-screen buttons) and Lumia 930
The 15 minutes mandatory video!
Introducing Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update
Watch the entire keynote online:
Read the official press release: