Created: 04/16/2014 6:32 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press
Now, you can talk to your Windows phone, not just on it.
Microsoft's new Windows system for smartphones has Cortana. It's a voice search which combines Siri's personality with Google Now's knack for anticipating what you need before you even ask.
The new Windows Phone 8.1 OS also has tools to simplify connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots, save battery life and block non-emergency calls overnight.
There aren't as many apps for Windows smartphones compared with iPhones and Android phones. The Windows store is getting better and has many popular apps such as Facebook and Netflix. But now and then, you'll encounter something that only your iPhone and Android friends have.
New phone models will ship with Windows Phone 8.1 next month, while existing phones will get free updates over the next few months.