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Microsoft adding folders to Windows Phone 8.1


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Microsoft has accidentally let slip that it is adding a folder system to its Windows Phone OS.

Ever since the launch of Windows Phone 7 in 2010, Microsoft's mobile OS has always done basic things a little differently to its main rivals. But many of those points of differentiation are slowly being removed as the platform matures.

For example, the arrival of Windows Phone 8.1 saw the addition of a full notification menu. It's called Action Center here, but it's really the same drag-down system that can be found in Android and iOS.

Now we can look forward to another common feature making its way to Windows Phone: app folders.

Microsoft has posted (and since removed) a support article revealing that it would be adding a native folder system to the Windows Phone start screen.

This will allow you to drag tiles on top of one another in order to stack them in one place. You can then name the newly created folder something appropriate.

It sounds exactly like the systems found in iOS and Android.

Interestingly, Microsoft notes that in order to be able to do this, "you need to have Windows Phone 8.1 Update installed on your phone." This suggests that the addition of this folder system will come through the next minor update to Windows Phone 8.1 rather than being a feature of the next full version of the OS.

The first Windows Phone 8.1 update is expected to hit in July or August, so we shouldn't have too long to wait for folder support in Microsoft's mobile OS.

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Via: The Verge

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June 30, 2014, 8:31 am

<p>Got to be joking, a smartphone in the 21st century that needs an update to for something so simple as app folders.</p>


June 30, 2014, 12:20 pm

<p>I've found windows phone to be great on my nokia 1020 updated to the 8.1 version, but I hope this folder thing means I can play my folders of mp3s, currently I have to listen to them listed alphabetically rather than the order they are listed in the folder. It seems impossible to play through a folder of tracks.</p>

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