The most noticeable part of Windows Phone 8.1 update is Folders ahoy. Now you can create folders on start screen like android or iOS by dragging and dropping one Tile over another. Not only are the folders “live” but the Live Tiles continue to update as needed from within the folder.
Xbox Music has been updated to provide quicker performance and has brought back things like “swipe to advance.” Messages app has a minor update too. Now you can select an individual messages within a thread either to delete, or forward. The other big update has to do with the Windows Phone Store tile. The Live Tile for the Store has been greatly enhanced to provide dynamic updates on the latest and greatest apps.
It also includes new business-friendly features like segregated, sandboxed apps and the ability to configure VPN settings when you’re connected to a public Wi-Fi hotspot (finally).
You are no longer required to be living at US to have Cortana on your phone . Microsoft has released the alpha versionof Cortana for market of Canada,Australia, and India where the language packs from the US and UK will be utilized. This update also expands the availability of Cortana Beta to the United Kingdom and China. It also had few enhancements in the US which include hands-free Bluetooth integration with your car’s system.
This is how you can activate the alpha version of cortana
Step 1: Change the language settings (Settings > Language) to any of the different English version — English India / Australia / Canada — in accordance with the place you’re based in.
Step 3: Similarly, you are required to make some amendments to the Speech settings (Settings > Speech) as well.
Step 4: For Australia: English (United Kingdom); For Canada set it to English (United States); and for India: English (United Kingdom)
And… if you're on the Developer Preview, go CHECK FOR UPDATES! WP8.1 Update is now live around the world!
— joebelfiore (@joebelfiore) August 4, 2014