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NewsPoster Dec 16, 2013 02:35 PM
Microsoft's Cortana assistant to debut in Windows Phone 8.1
Microsoft's forthcoming update to its Windows Phone platform, Windows Phone 8.1, will reportedly feature two big additions: a notification center and a virtual assistant in the vein of Apple's Siri. The software giant, which will soon complete a deal to <a href="http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/09/03/microsoft.makes.big.step.into.mobile.with.nokia.bu y/">buy the manufacturer</a> that makes the best selling devices that run Windows Phone, will detail its plans for Windows Phone 8.1 in more detail in April, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/16/5215484/windows-phone-8-1-features-notification-center-cortana">according to</a> <em>The Verge</em>. Microsoft is also working on a number of other software additions for its smartphone operating system.<br /><br />The digital is still codenamed "Cortana," as was <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/300562==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/09/12/learning.assistant.for.windows.phone.takes.name.fr om.halo.character/" rel='nofollow'>revealed earlier this year</a>, and the feature will reportedly replace the existing Bing search feature. Microsoft is said to have been testing Cortana for months now, and the feature should emerge in a form similar to Apple's Siri and Google Now. <br />
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The notification center will be activated with a long swipe from the top of the screen, displaying a full notification history. A shorter swipe, reportedly, will bring up a quick settings menu, allowing users to activate and deactivate key features. <br />
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Microsoft is also adding in separate volume controls for Windows Phone 8.1, allowing users to control ringtone volume without affecting media playback. The update will also bring a Bing Smart Search feature similar to the one that was included with Windows 8.1. That feature shows a cleaner, graphic view of relevant information for search results.<br />
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Also rumored to be in the works for Windows 8.1 is a <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/300563==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/12/15/windows.phone.81.could.ditch.capacitive.buttons.in .update/" rel='nofollow'>software button</a> option. That software tweak will allow Windows Phone device manufacturers to produce less expensive handsets in the future.
 
JackWebb Dec 16, 2013 03:08 PM
I wonder how many questions it will get on how to defeat covenant and flood.
 
climacs Dec 16, 2013 09:42 PM
april 2014? "late to the party" would be an undeserved compliment.
 
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