Yesterday Microsoft announced the latest version of their smartphone OS, Windows Phone 8.1, and the company revealed some of the new features that will be available in Windows Phone 8.1.
One of the major new features in Windows Phone 8.1 is one we have been hearing about over the last few months, Microsoft’s voice activated virtual assistant, Microsoft Cortana.
Powered by Bing, Cortana is the only digital assistant that gets to know you, builds a relationship that you can trust, and gets better over time by asking questions based on your behavior and checking in with you before she assumes you’re interested in something. She detects and monitors the stuff you care about, looks out for you throughout the day, and helps filter out the noise so you can focus on what matters to you. Cortana will launch shortly here in the U.S. first as a “beta,” and then will launch in the US, the U.K. and China in the second half of 2014 with other countries to follow afterwards into 2015.
The video below gives us a good look at some of the other new features in Windows Phone 8.1, which include a new start screen, a new lock screen, and much more.
You can find out more details on all the new features that will be released in Windows Phone 8.1 over at Microsoft at the link below.
Microsoft will start rolling out Windows Phone 8.1 over the next few months, it will also be available on the new Nokia Lumia 630, 635 and Nokia Lumia 930 when they launch over the next couple of months.