New quick settings are exposed by a short swipe from the top, and a longer swipe will display a full notification history in current beta versions of Windows Phone 8.1. Both additions address some highly requested features in Windows Phone. Another key feature in the upcoming 8.1 update is the inclusion of “Cortana,” a personal digital assistant.
These two highly anticipated updates could make Windows Phone popular in the near future. It is currently being tested by officials at Microsoft and would be out by April 2014.