New Version of Windows Phone 8.1 Brings Cortana to the UK and Adds Folders

By Eric Limer on at
Another WP update is on the way, and alongside the long awaited debut of the Cortana voice assistant in the UK, it comes bearing folders.

Cortana, Microsoft's answer to Siri, has been given a British accent for the jump over the pond, but is still considered to be in the beta testing stage in the UK. A beta phase is also rolling out to China, while Windows Phone users in Canada, India and Australia can opt-in to an alpha version.

With the snappily named Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, users will also get the ability to stack live-tiles on the homescreen to make a folder much like the ones you'll find in other operating systems. When opened, the new folder tile will expand mid-stream in the homescreen, like a customisable homescreen of its own. When closed, its live-tile will cycle through data from all the apps it contains.

That isn't the only new feature in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, of course. Other little bonuses include a feature called App Corner — Kids Corner but for whatever apps you want — and customisable snooze durations (!) as well as support for future hardware features like dual SIM CDMA/GSM phones, and high voltage charging. No word on the 7-inch phone support though.

Microsoft hasn't set an exact date yet, but the updates will be rolling out "very soon." Start planning your folders now. [Windows Phone Blog]