While they are only the third most prominent mobile operating system provider in the world (albeit in a market where it is an extremely difficult task to place any higher if your name does not begin with ‘A’), Microsoft will be aiming at the very least to cement that position with the release of their latest operating system update, one that is now believed to be arriving earlier than originally anticipated.
However, it is set to be seen by public eyes prior to that, with users who can log into the ‘Windows Phone App Studio’ with a Microsoft Account ID entitled to access of a unique ‘preview app’ that offers a taster of what the updates will have to come. However, the sneak peek will not be without some risk, with use of the trial voiding any warranty the device carries until the full software updates are in place for widespread consumption.
The updates in question are believed to include, in the American market at least (though believed to be worked around by changing the region/country settings on the product being used), the debut of Microsoft’s Apple/Siri-competitor ‘virtual assistant’ ‘Cortana’, already usable for anyone registered as a ‘developer’ within the Windows Phone Dev Centre.
Set to be released later this year, Windows 8.1 will also feature ‘skinned tiles’ on its Start Screen, a new ‘notification centre’, and ‘customised lock screen support’, amongst other features, but will it prove to be a match for something soon moving onto v.8.0, or the greater challenge of whatever candy-based title takes over on the current market-leading range?
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