At the company’s Build Conference today, Microsoft has finally launched the much-anticipated Windows Phone 8.1 OS.
Coming with the new OS is a lot of cool new features which includes:
Cortana (Equivalent of Siri and S Voice):
Microsoft has been really bothered about the absence of a virtual assistant on their Windows Phone ecosystem whereby iOS boasts of Siri, Samsung has S Voice on their Android flagships while many other vendors have Google Now or other alternatives for their Android phones.
Cortana is powered by Bing for searches, weather and maps. “She” can set reminders, dial a phone number, send an SMS, get latest sports and weather info — all by the command of your voice.
On Android, it’s called Notification Center and Microsoft feels now is the best time to bring one to the Windows Phone ecosystem. Apple introduced it with their iOS 7 just last year.
The Action Center is just where you can switch your smartphone’s data on or off, set the phone to airplane mode, set it on silent and other things. System and app notifications are display on the Action Center.
Lockscreen and Tiles:
The tiles on the lockscreen got cooler. Now you can use a wallpaper on the lockscreen and more.
Here are other things that was brought alongside Windows Phone 8.1:
Enterprise and security
Internet Explorer 11
The Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 will be available shortly even though Microsoft didn’t mention a specific period or date.