Microsoft is expected to unveil Windows 8.1 at the BUILD conference this year and as we get closer to the date, the leaks are becoming more frequent. Last evening, a Windows developer revealed that Microsoft had started distributing Windows 8.1 SDKs to developers and having got one, went on Reddit to list most of the new features that will be arriving on the new OS. Also Read - Windows 11 Sun Valley teased officially with YouTube video ahead of June 24 reveal
Other changes include the separation of the Music+Video apps, the ability for users to choose which SMS app they want to use as default, a new YouTube player, a “Battery Power Sense” feature that lets users keep a track the device’s battery life and the obvious renaming of SkyDrive to OneDrive. Windows Phone users will also have to get used to a new way of multi-tasking as the back button is said to no longer terminate an app. When you hit back, the apps will go to the background and in the multi-tasking menu, you will have to swipe down to terminate the apps. Also Read - E3 2021: What is it, entire schedule, how to watch livestream for free, what to expect
The list of revealed features doesn’t include Microsoft’s highly anticipated personal assistant, Cortana. The developer mentioned how he couldn’t get access to the Bing search app either, which suggests that Microsoft is keeping its cards close to its chest and might be preparing for a big unveiling at the BUILD conference.
You can see the full list of features in detail on the developer’s Reddit page here.