Microsoft reveals Windows Phone 8.1 and Cortana at Build

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 03 April 2014
Microsoft reveals Windows Phone 8.1 and Cortana at Build

Microsoft unveiled its latest Windows software for smartphones at the Build conference in San Francisco.

The long-awaited Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system has been revealed alongside Cortana, a personal digital assistant which tracks user behaviour to deliver information and points of interest tailored to their tastes.

Windows Phone 8.1 will be rolled out to Windows Phone 8 users in the coming months and will be pre-installed on new phones starting this month. The update includes Action Center, which complements Live Tiles by showing new notifications and activities at a glance. In addition, Microsoft revealed Senses, a feature suite that simplifies the management of data use, storage space and battery life. Cortana will be available in the US, UK and China later this year and in other countries in 2015.

Another major announcement at Build came from Nokia, which revealed three new Lumia smartphones for Windows Phone 8.1 – the Lumia 930, the Lumia 635 and the first dual-SIM Lumia 630.

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