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Windows Phone chief promises file manager, improved Facebook app

Mark Hachman | May 5, 2014
Microsoft's Windows Phone ecosystem appears to be at something of a crossroads: While the company is still working to add more apps to the platform, users are asking for improvements to existing apps to place them on a par with the Android and iOS versions.

Other highlights included:

Yes, Cortana will eventually make a move to the PC, as expected. "Nothing specific to announce, but Cortana herself is always telling us she's a fan of PCs herself," Belfiore wrote.

Cortana's move to other countries: "We're also hoping to get other English-speaking countries (eg. Canada, Australia) out relatively quickly as well," Belfiore wrote, following the initial launch in China, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.

What distinguishes Windows Phone?

As we wrote in our Windows Phone 8.1 review, Microsoft is trying to make the phone personal. Belfiore agreed: "We think WP is the MOST PERSONAL SMARTPHONE — and that a combo of features, starting with live tiles and now Cortana makes it even more personal."

If the AMA is anything to go by, users are congratulating Microsoft on nearing the end of a major milestone, delivering on the numbers of apps in the Windows Phone store. Now, the company has a new goal: ensuring long-term commitments from those who have already delivered.

 

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