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Windows Phone 8.1 introduction with feature videos

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The wraps were finally taken off Windows Phone 8.1 at the Microsoft BUILD event today. We’ve seen a plethora of leaks about WP 8.1 over the last few weeks and months so it’s good to see it finally made official. We have some initial news and a couple of feature videos to share, to give you a first idea of what the update offers.

Nokia has also introduced some of the first devices that will launch running WP 8.1 today. The Nokia Lumia 630 and 635 plus the Lumia 930 have all been made official and you can read more on those at the links. Just some of the new features of Windows Phone 8.1 include Action Center (notification center), the Cortana voice assistant, an updated Windows Store, Calendar improvements and more.

As well as the new devices that will launch running Windows Phone 8.1, many other existing WP devices will receive the update over the next few months. Below this story we have also embedded two videos for your viewing pleasure that show some of the above features.

The first YouTube video from Phone Arena focuses on the Action Center, calendar and background images of Windows Phone 8.1. It will give you an initial introduction of what you can expect with the upgrade to WP 8.1. The second YouTube video shows a hands-on with the Cortana digital assistant, which is another useful look.

Once you’ve taken a look at the videos below we’d be interested to know if you’ll you be buying one of the upcoming devices that will launch running Windows Phone 8.1, or are you hoping your current WP device will receive the update without too much of a wait?