A trusted source tipped me on an upcoming feature in Windows Phone 8.1 He mentioned that notification center hasn’t been implemented in the OS yet. Neither Cortana, Those are in active development and won’t be seen til it RTM’s. He DID however say that three other much wanted features are making their way to Windows Phone- VPN support, Screen-Mirroring(kind of like Nokia Beamer), Integrated Mobile Device Management for Enterprise.
VPN Support: This feature is a no-brainer; I am unsure how Microsoft can identify Windows Phone as enterprise-ready without this. Insanity like this is the reason why Windows Phone fails in enterprise.
Screen Mirroring: Blackberry when the announced the Z10, they touted this feature. I don’t the use case for this feature but it is good to have a full blow, screen mirroring feature baked right into the OS. I am sure, it is limited knowing Microsoft.
MDM: This one again is targeted for enterprise for easy upkeep and management of Windows Phone devices. I don’t know if Apple or Android offers something in this arena, but it will be breath of fresh air for IT support.
Which brings me to my point and to kind of put it in perspective about what Joe Belfiore quoted when Windows Phone 8 came out without notification center. He stated “They were running behind schedule for notification center to be added in current release” That was nearly 18 months ago. Features that are deeply engrained in competitors OS- Android and iOS. It is such an important feature, not only because it is essential but also because 97% of the people expect to having knowing the rest of the world is hooked on the mobile juggernauts. A feature like that should have made it to Windows Phone not long after Windows Phone 8 launched…and consumers shouldn’t have to wait for some major .1 release. Microsoft isn’t exactly leading. I said this before and will say it again. Android and iOS are moving targets, by the time Microsoft plugs the hole in Windows Phone with 8.1 release- Namely notification center and voice assistant. The other two would have had features in their next major version which will AGAIN make Windows Phone user wanting more. Windows Phone has never leap-frogged Android and iOS and I feel it is high time the other two should be chasing Windows Phone in terms of feature.