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.
Windows Phone 8.1 Update Announced, Includes Siri-like Cortana Voice Assistant, Action Center, and More
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 was quite late in jumping on the mobile bandwagon, and that has caused a lot of problems for the company. In the holiday quarter, Apple sold more Macs, iPhones and iPads than PC manufacturers sold Windows PCs, highlighting how Microsoft has missed out on the growth in the smartphone and tablet market.
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 has released yet another ad that takes a dig at iPad’s limited capabilities in certain areas like multitasking.
Microsoft has released a new Windows 8 tablet ad featuring the ASUS VivoTab Smart tablet, which pokes fun at Apple’s iPad.
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Apple seems to be on a roll. Hot on the heels of releasing iOS 6.1.2 to fix the Exchange Calendar bug and Java update to fix vulnerabilities along with the malware removal tool, they have released an update for iTunes.
Oracle has just released Java 7 Update 11 to address the vulnerability, which we reported on Friday.
The security vulnerability could allow the installation of malicious software and malware on machines that could increase the chance of identity theft, or the unauthorized participation in a botnet that could bring down networks or be used to carry out denial-of-service attacks against Web sites.
Quite a few people noticed that Steven Sinofsky, former head of Microsoft’s Windows division, is now tweeting from an iPhone and naturally assumed that now that he’s out of Microsoft, he’s abandoned Windows Phone for iOS.