On Wednesday, January 21, Microsoft took the stage at a small media briefing for its next major OS release, Windows 10.
Windows Phone 8.1 Update Announced, Includes Siri-like Cortana Voice Assistant, Action Center, and More
Today at the Build 2014 conference, amidst a wide variety of exciting unveilings, Microsoft finally announced the long-awaited Windows Phone 8.1 update. But don’t be fooled by the update’s seemingly small version number; Windows Phone 8.1 is a huge update featuring Microsoft’s new digital assistant, Cortana, and many other exciting new features.
Microsoft took a big bet with Windows 8 — that eventually PCs and tablets would converge, and computers would have to be optimised for both, touch and mouse inputs. It doesn’t seem to have worked as well as the company would have liked, but Microsoft isn’t giving up.
Microsoft rolled out Windows 8.1 to the public today. Along with the desktop OS, the Redmond company also released companion Remote Desktop apps for iOS and OS X. These new Remote Desktop apps allow you to connect to a PC and control it with your iOS device or Mac computer.
After an initial, unsuccessful attempt at taking on Apple’s iPad, Microsoft’s giving its Surface tablets another chance with an updated lineup that features improved internals, better software and a higher-resolution display.
Microsoft continues to poke fun at Apple’s iPad, despite the embarrassing $150 price cut it had to make to sell its Surface RT tablet.
The new Windows 8: Surface RT vs. iPad ad makes use of Siri’s voiceover to highlight some of the shortcomings on the iPad compared to Surface RT such as the lack of an integrated kick stand, a USB port, and the TouchType keyboard accessory.
Microsoft has released yet another ad that takes a dig at iPad’s limited capabilities in certain areas like multitasking.
It is being widely speculated that the ad campaign is the reason Microsoft hasn’t released an iPad app for “Office Mobile for Office 365 subscribers” that hit the App Store earlier today.