Steve Balmer launching Windows Phone 8

Recently there has been a lot of talk about Windows Phone 8.1 features, particularly after a SDK or Software Development Kit leaked online. A week back, one developer with access to said SDK posted information about quite a few features online, giving us a glimpse of what Microsoft’s next major platform update is going to bring. As per the latest reports, another addition to the list of Windows Phone 8.1 features might be custom backgrounds, with users finally being able to change the background behind Live Tiles to something that they want to.

Unnamed sources said to be familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the company is also experimenting with transparent Live Tiles and even the option to apply images as skins to Tiles, though its not entirely clear if these little features will make it into the final version. Microsoft is also said to be experimenting with a three-column layout for the Start Screen across all of its devices, with smartphones like Lumia 920 and Lumia 1020 believed to be able to support three-column layouts once WP 8.1 drops. Rumor has it that Microsoft is also making major changes to Internet Explorer, which will now allow users to upload and download content within the browser itself, and may also allow them to sync their tabs across various Windows 8.1 devices. Recently there has also been talk of Windows Phone 8.1 Miracast support, though its believed that Microsoft will not switch on this feature if its not properly coded before public release is due.

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