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Microsoft’s Phone Update To Feature Driving Mode

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NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft is updating its Windows software for cellphones to accommodate larger devices and make it easier for motorists to reduce distractions while driving.

Devices with this update will start appearing in the coming weeks, and older phones will be eligible for a free upgrade, too.

Something that may appeal to motorists: a new Driving Mode will automatically silence incoming calls and texts so that you can focus on the road. You also can configure the feature to automatically send out a reply to say that you’re driving.

What the Driving Mode won’t do, however, is block outgoing calls or texts. And there will be ways to override it.

The new update also will allow for better resolution to accommodate larger phones.

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