Microsoft is reportedly working on a newer version of its operating system known as Windows Phone 8.1 to most of us. According to a new report from The Verge, the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 will come with a notification center and a personal assistant similar to Google Now and Siri. Microsoft is currently testing the update internally, and plans to reveal it at the Build Developer Conference in April 2014.
According to Tom Warren from The Verge, the notification center will work in a similar fashion as it does on Android and iOS, which may not be that unique after all. Short swipe from the top will open quick settings, while a long swipe will show the user the full notification history.
Also, the new Windows Phone 8.1 includes a personal-assistant Cortana, which would work in a similar fashion as Google Now and Siri on Apple devices. Microsoft is testing the feature for some time, and it is expected to replace Bing search and will give users the ability to interact using voice or text input.
Additionally, Warren mentions a bunch of other missing features will be added to Windows Phone 8.1 including, independent volume controls (allows users to control ringtone volume independently of media playback.), VPN support for enterprise users, Facebook and Twitter support in People Hub and more.
Anyway, these are some much-needed features that were missing from the operating system. Microsoft is adding more and more features to its operating system in order to compete with Android and iOS. Addition of these features, if true, can definitely help the folks at Redmond gain some market share in the competitive smartphone market.
Source: The Verge