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Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 will allow users to set a custom background image to their Start Screen.

The custom image will replace tile backgrounds to form a completed jigsaw puzzle-like background. It will not be a background that is displayed with the tiles overlaying it, like its counterpart desktop version. This could be because of the lack of space on the screen when the tiles are in place.

This feature will not be turned on by default and users can vary between this and the accent colour scheme present in the current version. Not all tiles will support this feature though. For example, Xbox Music+Videos and Xbox Games apps will remain as such, featuring the traditional green backgrounds. The feature might be extended to developers for them to choose to avail it or not.

Microsoft is working hard to provide all the features that are conspicuously absent from Windows Phones that users have come to expect from using Android and iOS. Features like a drop-down notifications centre, SD card loadable apps, Start Screen background image and a personal assistant in the form of Cortana are among the major updates to be brought out in the next update.

Windows Phone 8.1 is set to ship out to developers starting April when they hold their company’s Build developer conference. Phones preloaded with WP8.1 will be released once the update is officially launched to the public. The company has tied up with several partners across the world including Lava in India to provide low end Windows Phones. Note that Microsoft is trying its best to provide the update to older phones, that is, to make it backwards compatible.

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