Windows Phone 8 Update 3, what’s in there?

wp_ss_20140125_0005I’m not sure how long update 3 has been out, I just got it myself.  So, what’s in the update? Well, nothing earthshattering, but a few small but useful enhancements and bug fixes.

Perhaps the best enhancement is with the task manager. In the past, if you held down the back button, you saw a webOS like screen that contained thumbnail images of the running tasks. You could swipe left and right through them and tap one to open it up. The thing you could not do, however, was close them from this screen. Now, you can. Start task manager by holding down the back button. Swipe left or right to get to the task you wish to kill. A little ‘x’ in a circle will appear. Tap it and the app goes away.

Internet sharing or tethering, as it is also known, has been enabled in the operating system. Your carrier, however, must support it on your device.

Memory management has been enhanced. New categories have been added and you can more easily clear out temporary files and manage your device’s memory. Go here to see what you can do both from the device and your computer via the Windows Phone app.

Here’s a list of the changes:

· Accessibility. Several improvements for customers who are visually impaired.

· Storage. Easily free up storage space on your phone and manage temporary files. New categories show what’s taking up space.

· Driving Mode. Driving Mode allows you to minimize incoming calls and text messages to help you focus on the road.

· Screen. Lock your screen orientation so it doesn’t shift when you move your phone around.

· Wi-Fi. Connect to Wi-Fi during set up.

· Internet sharing. use your phone’s cellular data connection from your Microsoft Windows 8.1 device

· Bluetooth. Several fixes were made to address known issues, and improvements were made to connection quality for Bluetooth accessories.

· Ringtones. Assign ringtones for text messages, instant messages, emails, voicemail, and reminders.

· App switcher. Use the App switcher to quickly close apps when you’re finished with them.

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