Report: Windows Phone 8.1 getting Siri-style assistant and a notification center


Watch for Microsoft’s(s msft) April Build conference where it’s expected to detail the newest Windows Phone features. According to The Verge, those will include at least two key functions: The debut of a personal assistant app and a centralized notification center for Windows Phones. While iOS(s aapl) has Siri and Android(s goog) has Google Now, Microsoft’s virtual assistant is rumored to be codenamed Cortana, after the AI assistant in the Halo game series for Xbox. Unlike the other main platforms, Windows Phone currently handles notifications on an app level without any central notification center to manage such messages. Perhaps Cortana will do that for us too?



Actually Kevin, if used well the Start Screen is a notification center for Windows Phone; that was a major point of Live Tiles, in fact. It is admittedly a different paradigm, and not as inclusive as the wished for feature, but it’s not quite right to say Windows Phone has had no such mechanism.

Kevin C. Tofel

Totally valid point; it’s just not a centralized system solely dedicated to notifications – it pulls double duty as a launcher as well. Thanks!

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