With the Cortana digital assistant and a vibrant new interface, the OS is finally positioned to attract the users and developers it critically needs.
The tool fits right it with Microsoft's new universal app initiative.
At Microsoft's Build conference in San Francisco this week the company debuted Cortana, a voice assistant for Windows Phone similar to Google Now and Apple's Siri.
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At first blush, Microsoft's Cortana gives Google Now a run for its money.
Microsoft opens its Build 2014 conference by announcing everything from a rebirth of the Windows Start menu to universal apps.
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The Lumia 930 is essentially the international variant of the recently released Nokia Icon, while the Lumia 630 and 635 are both mid-range Windows Phones.
One app, many devices.
Microsoft revealed the grand Windows Phone 8.1 update at Build 2014, and don't let the ".1" fool you: It's a doozy.