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Windows Phone 8.1: Quick view

First major update to Microsoft mobile OS since 2012; includes enterprise IT features

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Introducing Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft has unveiled Windows Phone 8.1, the first major update to its mobile OS since the fall of 2012. There’s a Siri-like personal assistant, centralized notifications, an array of new customization options, a redesigned keyboard for fast text entry, and enterprise-specific features such as VPN support.

More details at the Microsoft Windows Phone Blog.


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Cortana, the voice assistant

Cortana is named after a popular character in the game Halo, combining artificial intelligence with personal assistance for the character of Master Chief. Tap a Live Tile or press the search button to reach Cortana Home. Cortana is beta software integrated with the Bing search engine. You can interact with Cortana by natural language voice, or text. Cortana tracks a wide range of your personal preferences and information, which are stored in in separate “notebooks.”


  • Cortana, the voice assistant
  • Cortana again
  • Action Center, for notifications
  • Startscreen customisations
  • Improved Skype app
  • Outlook-like Calendar
  • People Hub, Email and Accounts
  • Data Sense, tracking usage
  • Wi-Fi Sense, for smarter Wi-Fi use
  • Storage Sense, for memory cards
  • Improved Word Flow keyboard
  • Enterprise features


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