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Windows Phone 8.1 Coming to Older Phones in “Next Few Months”

by Jacob Kleinman | April 2, 2014April 2, 2014 9:31 am PDT

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Current Windows Phone 8 devices will get the update to Windows Phone 8.1 in the net few months, Microsoft said today at its BUILD 2014 conference though it will likely vary form carrier to carrier. The company also said the first Windows Phone 8.1 devices will hit the market in April and May.

Microsoft said it would announce the first Windows Phone 8.1 devices a bit later. The company is expected to unveil new phones from Nokia along with several other partners including Lenovo and Samsung. It’s also already announced several new partnerships with companies in emerging markets, where Windows Phone has seen solid growth and in some cases even become the second-most used operating system.

Windows Phone 8.1 introduces a ton of new features including added customization and anew version of Skype. It also includes Cortana, a voice controlled digital assistant designed to compete with Apple’s Siri. Unfortunately for Windows Phone fans it looks like Cortana won’t land on current handsets for several more months.


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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...


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