Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Dec 2013 22:57 UTC

Microsoft is preparing to ship its Windows Phone 8.1 update with two significant changes: a notification center and a Siri-like personal assistant. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that the company is currently beta testing copies of Windows Phone 8.1 internally, with plans to fully detail its features at BUILD 2014 in April. A highly requested notification center feature will be added to the software, and we're told it's enabled by swiping down from the top of the screen in a similar way to iOS and Android.

Pretty sure this update will turn it all around.

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They serve a diff purpose. The user wants to know what happened in the last minute? Notification Centre is there for that. Live Tiles don't do that. It's not a big deal on Windows 8 because of the app situation and most users still using mostly desktop apps. But on Windows Phone, it's more apparent.

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