For Windows Phone users including mobile small business owners, a new update should make your phone more useful. Microsoft is getting ready to introduce its third Windows Phone 8 update.
A new larger start screen will be the most noticeable change, Microsoft says. One of the other new features in “Update 3” is the addition of two more Live Tiles. These are the large icon buttons well-known to Windows 8 users that constantly display real-time content from social networks, messaging systems, the Internet and other sources.
Microsoft says the new Windows Phone 8 update will give users a total of six of these tiles. But the company says it is also scaling back the button size of some of the built-in apps like email, Photos, People and Music so users can get more information on the new, larger screen.
Latest Microsoft Phone Update Will Roll Out Soon
In a recent post on the official Windows Phone Blog, Darren Laybourn, manager of the engineering team responsible for the Windows Phone Update writes:
These are just some of the new features and innovations that we’re getting ready to deliver to you in Windows Phone 8 Update 3, which will roll out to existing phones over the next several months.
Microsoft says Windows Phone 8 Update 3 will work best with newer Windows Phone devices with larger screens. The company says Update 3 will allow users with larger phones and phablets to take full advantage of what the Windows 8 operating system has to offer.
The new Windows Phone 8 update has already been sent to hardware and app developers to be sure all new software and devices work seamlessly with the new version when it becomes available.
Other new features include a Driving Mode that limits the updates you’ll get on your phone while you’re behind the wheel. Microsoft also says that Update 3 will make it easier to turn your Windows Phone into a mobile hotspot.