updated 11:28 am EDT, Thu March 27, 2014
Developer Preview of next Windows Phone version delayed by a week
The Windows Phone Store will be overhauled in Windows Phone 8.1, according to some new screenshots. At the same time, as the store changes have surfaced, there is also news the Windows Phone 8.1 core has been finalized, meaning that most of the main development of the mobile operating system has completed, but it is apparently still a long way off from reaching consumers.
The new Windows Phone Store screenshots from WPCentral show it will have categories and "quick links" to featured apps and app charts, with a new focus on promoting high-profile apps. The store will offer personalized app recommendations based on the history and interests of the user, with inappropriate recommendations removed using a "not interested" button. A "My Apps" section will let users check for updates without waiting for notifications, and device owners can opt to have automatic updates for apps to take place over Wi-Fi.
Windows Phone Store in Windows Phone 8.1
Sources of WPCentral also claim the bulk of Windows Phone 8.1 is now finished by the Core team at Microsoft. Despite the apparent completion by the team, the Consumer Experience team is said to be working through the potential release to fix bugs before it can be released to manufacturers. Device producers could expect a final RTM version in the coming weeks. The Developer Preview version of the mobile operating system is allegedly delayed by a week, meaning that it will not be released in time for Microsoft's build conference, but Microsoft is still expected to formally unveil the operating system at the event.