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Windows Phone is getting folders — just like all the other mobile OS platforms have already

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The Windows Phone may soon come with an additional feature to help you to stay organized: folders.

Microsoft announced on its Window Phone website that it will add a native folder function on its home screen in Windows 8.1 The company has since taken down the post that included this bit of news, but speculation continues as the tech giant looks to rival Android and Apple’s operating systems.

Currently, both iOS and some Android versions allow users to create folders to store apps of their choosing. The Windows Phone would also give users the option to name the folders they create.

Apple has allowed the creation of folders since the release of iOS4 in 2010, so Microsoft has lagged for quite a while on this feature.

Windows 8.1 is expected to be released in July or August, but Microsoft hasn’t nailed down an official date yet.

Upon the release of this update, Windows is expected to continue onward with its work on Threshold, the next major operating system from Microsoft. Windows 8 came out to mixed reviews, and columnist and tech expert Mary Jo Foley expects 8.1 to be the last update for it before Threshold debuts.

7 comments
Andrew Chiang
Andrew Chiang

Besides that, "Currently, both iOS and some Android versions allow users to create folders to store apps of their choosing. However, they offer no naming capability" is wrong. Both of them let you name folders. I've done it many times on both my Android phone and iPhone. Here's a overview of the feature that was introduced in iOS 4 in 2010: http://www.macworld.com/article/1152168/ios4folders.html.

Jason Howell
Jason Howell

 "However, they offer no naming capability — the Windows Phone would allow users to name the folders they create."


Whoever wrote this must not own a smartphone. iOS and Android users can name their folders. 


Heck. I can name folders with emoji on iOS. 

Alberto Rivera
Alberto Rivera

Some serious fact checking or proof reading is still needed. For example, iOS4 did not come out in 2004.

VentureBeat
VentureBeat

You can group your apps on iOS, basically the same things as this. They're just calling it 'folders'.

Jason Howell
Jason Howell

You must be an Android fanboi. Pleased to meet you.