Windows Phone 8.1 brings a modern design, notifications, and Cortana (pictures)
The latest update to Microsoft's mobile operating system delivers the features you've been waiting for.
Windows Phone 8.1
Microsoft revamped its mobile operating system with a fresh design, new notification center, and witty voice assistant named Cortana.
Above you can get a glimpse at the new design, which adds another column of live tiles to the Start screen, so you can fit more information. The design looks much more modern than the earlier versions of Windows Phone.
Cortana is your personal voice assistant, there to help you with (almost) any request. You can ask it to search Bing, set reminders, call or text your contacts, verbally jot down notes, and play music on your phone.
You can also ask questions, such as "What's the capital of France?" and get a response back, which is helpful.
Cortana also shows you a dashboard of information it thinks you want to see, based on your recent searches. This includes local weather reports, sports scores, and top headlines that match your interests. You can change what shows up in your dashboard at any time.
If pecking your keyboard is slowing you down, you can down swipe to type. That means you can use gesture-based typing to drag your finger around on the keyboard, drawing a line through each letter you want to type.