Microsoft's Windows Phone OS might soon include a new feature already
available on iOS, and on some versions of Android - the ability for
users to create folders for the simpler management of apps - according
to information on a quickly-pulled support page.
The Redmond giant accidentally made live one of the
web pages (now pulled down) that clearly mentioned steps as to how to
create a folder on Windows Phone 8.1, put apps inside it, and how to
remove it. The web page (cached here)
mentions that users will be able to stack one app tile over the other
to create a folder and can rename it. For deleting apps from the folder,
one can simply open the folder and drag the desired app to anywhere
outside the folder.
This app folder-creation is similar to Apple's
implementation with iOS (since iOS 4), of dragging one app over
another, and then more apps into the folder.
The Windows Phone app
folder-creation feature will probably not be available for Windows
Phone 7.5 Mango or even for Windows Phone 8 users as the phrase in the
end of the web page says "To create folders on your Start screen, you
need to have Windows Phone 8.1 Update installed on
This indicates the folder-creation feature will only
arrive with the first update for Windows Phone 8.1, which is said to
arrive in July or August as per
Furthermore, Jerry Berg, Senior Software Development
Engineer at Microsoft, said on a podcast interview
Phonearena) that "something is going to happen in the Windows Phone
space which is going to upset the entire world across anything...wait
for it, its going to be pretty amazing,"
This could mean pretty
much anything of course, but now with Cortana official, the only
previously anticipated feature for the Windows Phone platform was the 3D
Touch or Real Motion interface that was expected to arrive on the
rumoured Nokia Lumia handset that was codenamed 'Goldfinger'.
rumoured 3D touch interface uses the device's sensors to detect
interactions that are off-the-glass. The Nokia Goldfinger is said to
come hand gesture support which will let users navigate on a phone
without touching the display, while other gestures under consideration
include flipping and scrolling.
Following the theme, another
handset from Microsoft was recently leaked with a similar
gesture-recognition feature speculated to let users navigate on the
without touching the display. The 'McLaren', as it is supposedly
codenamed, is said to be released on a range of US carriers later this