Windows Phone Store WP8.1 changes: pics reveal what’s new

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Windows Phone 8.1 will bring widespread change to the platform; it’s not starting from scratch by any stretch, but the sorts of improvements we’ve learned about from the myriad leaks and rumors to arrive so far suggest that Microsoft’s leaving no stone unturned its its desire to keep its mobile OS attuned to user needs. As we wait for Microsoft’s Build conference next week, when a formal WP8.1 announcement is expected, we find a nice selection of screengrabs from the new, improved Windows Phone Store, along with an account of what changes we should expect.

Look for minor changes to branding (Store getting a capital S), a new layout for app listings, tools for sorting through and ranking reviews, and new in-app shortcuts. New sections to the app should offer a one-stop shop for checking on new updates, the ability to view current downloads, tools for using your location to optimize app suggestions and one hotly requested feature: settings to enable the automatic download and installation of updates.

While the pics you see above and below are reportedly from a slightly older version, and the final one that ships may be tweaked further still, these still offer up the best look yet at what’s changing. Hopefully we’ll have the full story in just one more week.

wp81-store-2Source: WPCentral

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!