Earlier today, Microsoft, Nokia and AT&T successfully pushed the first update to Windows Phone 8 as speculated by WPCentral. Codenamed Portico the update brings some new features for the users. According to Microsoft’s changelog and speculation before the update, Portico brings the following:
Drafts for text messages:
An interesting feature that I never felt the need for but given the instant messaging integration with Facebook chat, I’m sure some people would find it useful.
This one has been a pet peeve for all users. Till previous versions, Windows Phone 8 would lose Wi-Fi connectivity once the screen was locked. With the latest update, an option lets users set the Wi-Fi to continue once the phone is locked. Thank you Microsoft.
Reply with text to an incoming call:
A simple feature that has been around for a while on other phones is now available in Windows Phone 8. Users can now respond to a call with a text message, the phone has 3 pre-defined messages that can be changed. Or one can enter their own message.
According to Microsoft’s official statement there’s a new option in IE that allows users to disable auto-downloading of images. An option to help users save data, unfortunately, I cannot find this option on my phone.
The notification center in the Me Tile got a small but useful update. The hub now shows the entire reply tweet instead of the generic message.
The Update Process
The Portico update was an Over The Air (OTA) update, which essentially means you don’t need to connect the phone to a PC to initiate or run the update. It was perfect with no problems faced. Once I initiated the update from the Phone Update hub, the phone took care of the rest.
The Portico update roll out was a success for Microsoft and Nokia, at least in the US. Unfortunately for those with unlocked phones, Nokia has delayed the update till February. HTC & T-Mobile pushed the update along with Nokia & AT&T.