Windows Phone 8.1
Microsoft is likely to offer native folder support in Windows Phone 8.1 update.Nokia

It looks like tech major Microsoft will natively be supporting folders for Start Screen applications in the Windows Phone 8.1 update.

According to a Windows Phone blog post, which has been removed now, Microsoft states that users can create a folder by just dragging a tile on top of another tile to create a new folder. Users can then rename the folder, and access all their applications directly from within the newly created folder.

New tiles can be added to the folder by tapping and dragging the selected tile inside the new folder.

This mechanism looks similar to Apple's iOS in which users create folders by dragging and dropping app icons on top of each other.

To access apps within folders in Windows Phone 8.1, users can tap open the folder and tap the desired app. The folder can be closed by just tapping on the outside region.

The Redmond-based company also states that users can remove tiles from within folders by dragging the tile to anywhere on the start screen.

To use Microsoft's start screen folders feature, users need to mandatorily run the Windows Phone 8.1 update. This statement by Microsoft hints at a functionality update to Windows Phone 8.1.

Meanwhile, the company is likely to launch a Windows Phone 8.1 OS update in July this year. According to Winbeta, Windows Phone 8 users in Argentina and Finland have started receiving Windows Phone 8.1 Cyan update.

It would do Microsoft a world of good if they brought the promised 'unified app support' using which users will be able to run applications across multiple Windows platforms.