Microsoft recently announced the release of its Windows Phone 8.1 update, which will include a number of new and improved features that will help the company expand to new markets, including China, United Kingdom, Canada, India and Australia.
One of the major features of the update is Cortana, Microsoft’s personal assistant software. A beta version of Cortana will be available to users in China and United Kingdom and an alpha version for Australia, Canada and India.
Several elements within the personal assistant will also be tailored according to each region. For instance, Cortana in China will support Mandarin. Other features that suit this new market, such as temperature change information, air quality, warnings on driving restrictions and information relating to celebrities are expected too.
Microsoft also said Cortana has been modified to support U.K. spellings and pronunciations. It will also feature local information on sports, the London Stock Exchange, commuter conditions and other helpful features for this region.
On the global front, Windows Phone 8.1 will have a number of upgraded features to look forward to, including:
- Live folders of live tiles – better customizations of home screens for the users
- Better wearable support – the device will now support Bluetooth push notifications.
- High-voltage charging – enables Windows Phone 8.1 to charge faster
- Xbox Music App – updated to deliver better performance in areas like app loading and list scrolling
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