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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RE: Voice interfaces
by MOS6510 on Tue 17th Dec 2013 12:18 UTC in reply to "Voice interfaces"
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Siri works pretty well for me, even though I'm Dutch.

But what I find annoying is that it's kind of cumbersome to access Siri. Holding the home button and waiting for a reply takes enough time to make it annoying. It would be great if I could activate Siri, or any voice recognition, just by starting to talk.

They could to it on Star Trek and that was in the last century.

However, it's often still awkward to talk to your phone. If you do so in public people look at you wondering who you are talking to.

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