Windows Phone 8.1 feature set rumored to finally include Notification Center, Cortana voice assistant

In the months leading up to the release of Windows Phone 8 GDR3, we heard rumors about plenty of planned features, thanks to the arrival of leak after leak. While a lot of that stuff did end up in the software we ultimately saw delivered, not everything made the final cut, like a proper notification center. We’ve been hoping that next year’s release of Windows Phone 8.1 might finally make up for this oversight, and today we see that theory get some new support, while also hearing about some other big features planned for WP8.1.

The Verge has heard from its sources that the notification center will indeed be present, and with a pull-down shade mechanic similar to what we’re familiar with from other platforms.

Additionally, Microsoft’s “Cortana” voice assistant – the very Siri or Google Now-sounding system we saw revealed in leaks back in September – will reportedly be making its public debut with the launch of Windows Phone 8.1. Functionally, we should expect conversational voice search as well as the sort of automatic reminders you get with Google Now.

Then there’s word of extended People Hub functionality, separate app and ringer volume controls, enterprise VPN support, and diversifying the Music Hub with stand-alone Xbox Music and Video apps. Reportedly, Microsoft will officially confirm all these 8.1 changes during its Build Developer Conference, scheduled to take place in April.

Source: The Verge

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