Windows Phone 8.1–New Feature Revealed

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.

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9 Feature wishlist for Windows Phone 8.1

Next version of Windows Phone should already be under-development and we can only hope that some of the features make it to the product-cycle pipeline before it hits mainstream. Dubbed Windows Phone 8.1, code-named Blue, here are the things I wish to see. Let’s get right to it.

  1. This has been beaten to death. There are people on both side of the fence. I happen to be on the “must have” crowd. Windows Phone needs Notification center. Some argue start screen does the same thing but that’s “assuming” every one of those apps is pinned to start screen, which I don’t, so I am more likely to miss notification. This has been acknowledged by Microsoft that it is coming in 8.1.
  2. Location based profile settings for Phone, Wi-fi antenna, vibrate/silent, bluetooth etc. To give you an example, I want the phone to be location-aware to where it knows what profile it should run based on the GPS coordinates. If I am at work, I want the phone to automatically be on silent, bluetooth deactivated, Wi-fi- off. When I get home, I want it to turn the phone on ring+vibrate, Wi-fi on, cellular-data off and so on.
  3. Datasense, a tool for tracking data usage, on all devices and not just carrier exclusive. Currently, the feature is only present on Verizon Windows Phone. This incredible feature should be carrier agnostic.
  4. There is something to be said about the 30-minute time interval for tile-updates. I am not sure what telemetry data this limitation was set on. There should be real-time updates- so, this should be an option. I know battery life will take a hit because of this but it is a platform-limitation nonetheless.
  5. A way to deactivate the “back, windows & search” button while playing game. This one is hairy as it would be more of a headache if you want to get out of game but often times than not, I accidentally press the button and get out of the game than “pre-planning”. One caveat would be, activate the three buttons only when one is on the main-menu screen of the game. Problem solved. Continue reading “9 Feature wishlist for Windows Phone 8.1”