Microsoft Targeting June 24 for Windows Phone 8.1
Microsoft may launch Windows Phone 8.1 as soon as June 24, according to support documents published by the company. Microsoft's Windows Phone support site suggests June 24 will be the in-service date for Windows Phone 8.1, or the first date the new operating system becomes available to the general public. The company said it will support the operating system with updates for a minimum period of 36 months following its release. Exact availability for the new operating system will depend on device, carrier, and region. Microsoft has already made a developer preview of the operating system available for free. Windows Phone 8.1 adds support for more Live Tiles on the Start screen, the Cortana virtual assistant, a notification center, and the Word Flow keyboard.
Microsoft Releases Cortana for Android in Beta Form
Aug 24, 2015
Microsoft today made its Cortana voice-activated personal assistant available to Android users via the Google Play Store beta channel. The app had previously only been available through a closed beta, but is now accessible through an open beta program.
Microsoft Sending Invites for Word Flow Keyboard
Apr 25, 2016
Microsoft has begun inviting people who registered to test its Word Flow keyboard to download the app from the iTunes App Store. Microsoft had been testing the alternate keyboard in a closed beta, but started accepting signups earlier this month.
Microsoft Adds GIF Search to Its iPhone Keyboard
Aug 24, 2016
Microsoft's Word Flow keyboard now features a search tool for finding GIFs, images, and emojis. The search functionality also allows iPhone owners to find contacts and look up restaurants.
Cortana for Android Now Works On the Lock Screen
Mar 27, 2017
Microsoft today made it possible for Android device owners to access and use Cortana above the lock screen on their smartphones. Microsoft has been testing the feature since earlier this year and is now rolling it out to all users.
Microsoft Brings Cortana Assistant to Skype for Android and iOS
Oct 9, 2017
Microsoft today ported its Cortana personal assistant to its Skype chatting application, providing people with access to information without forcing them to leave Skype. Microsoft says Cortana in Skype can suggest useful information based on chat contents, suggest smart replies, manage schedules and/or reminders, and more.