Windows Phone 8.1 changes: sync, backup, developer replies
Microsoft’s big Windows Phone 8.1 keynote address at Build 2014 was two days ago, but with the conference running through today, more and more 8.1 details have managed to trickle out. Let’s take a look at a few of the changes that we’ve heard being talked about today:
One of the improvements we’re learning about concerns how user data is backed up to the cloud. Microsoft is aiming to give users a consistent experience across devices, especially as universal apps start arriving to give users access to the same code on Windows Phone 8.1 handsets and Windows 8.1 computers. In order to realize that level of seamlessness, app data including things like in-app purchases and notifications will be synced across devices and platforms.
On that same note, we hear about how even third party apps will get their data backed up once a day to OneDrive. Where security’s a concern, apps can manually opt-out. Backup will even extend to your customized start screen, letting you quickly get set up when transitioning to a new handset.
Over a year ago, we told you about how Google was beginning to let developers respond to comments users left about their apps in the Play Store. With the Windows Phone Store changes coming in 8.1, that same ability is arriving for Microsoft’s platform. Ultimately, devs will also be able to see information on user devices, helping them track down hardware-specific bugs.