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Microsoft Announces Release Date for Windows Phone 8.1

May 12 2014, 7:10pm CDT | by , in News

Microsoft Announces Release Date for Windows Phone 8.1
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The New Update Adds Multiple Features

Microsoft announced when the new operating system for windows based phones will be released later this year on June 24th.  The announcement came at the heels of introducing new and updated features for phones and windows desktop features. 

The main feature that will be added for the 8.1 update 1 on desktops is users will be able to boot and start directly on the Desktop screen, unlike previous versions that started on the application menu, and now they can also dock Windows Store apps directly in the Desktop taskbar. The taskbar will also now display every running Windows Store app.

Microsoft officially unveiled Cortana at the Build Developer Conference on April 30th.  The application is the companies own take on a personal assistant for mobile devices.  Cortana, which will be launching in beta alongside Windows Phone 8.1, takes the form of two concentric circles that begin to animate when she speaks to the user.  Unlike the Apple iPhones and S voice features that other mobile companies are currently using -- the Cortana will replace the search window on phones entirely.

Since Microsoft has to abide by the Children Online Privacy Protection Act -- the device will not allow users under the age of 13 to be able to get a response when speaking to Cortana.  In case anyone under the age of 13 will try to use the application, Cortana will deliver a message on the screen explaining it can’t help them. “I’m sorry, you’ll need to be a bit older before I can help you,” the message will read.

According to a report by released by BGR, Microsoft lists June 24 as the release date for the Windows Phone 8.1 update, revealing that it will be supported for three years, until July 11, 2017.

“Microsoft will make updates available for the Operating System, including security updates, for a minimum of 36 months after the lifecycle start date,” Microsoft noted. “These updates will be incremental, with each update built on the update that preceded it. Customers need to install each update in order to remain supported. The distribution of these incremental updates may be controlled by the mobile operator or the phone manufacturer from which you purchased your phone, and installation will require that your phone have any prior updates. Update availability will also vary by country, region, and hardware capabilities.”

 

For Windows Smartphone users who want to know more details about the main features available in Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8.1 operating system.  They can check out three new Microsoft videos in which the Corp. VP Joe Belfiore, goes into more depth about everything there is to know the new update, which includes useful tips and tricks for using apps or other programs on the operating system.

 

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