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Microsoft announced a Windows Phone upgrade at a developer conference early this morning New Zealand time. The changes in Windows Phone 8.1 are dramatic, easily as big as the leap from Windows Phone 7 to Windows Phone 8.

Windows Phone 8.1The bad news is that we probably won’t see the Cortana personal assistant – Microsoft’s version of Apple’s Siri – in New Zealand for some time. Lifehacker Australia reports the beta programme rolls out first in the US, then in the UK and says Australia won’t get the software until some time in 2015.

That’s a pity, I’d like to get my hands on Windows Phone 8.1.

On the other hand, my pommy-NZ accent performs appallingly with speech recognition software, so perhaps I won’t miss much,

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