Windows Phone 8.1 -
1 Microsoft announces Cortana on latest Windows Phone 8.1 build - which is similar to Siri/Google now :)
2 Microsoft announces Visual Studio update that allows developers to build apps - both consumer and enterprise across devices- PC's, Windows Phone, Xbox One… (love this!) You can publish these apps in Windows Store, sell them and make money :) Customers can buy once and use an app anywhere (Windows and Windows Phone). This also extends to in-app purchases: if you buy something on your phone, you’ll get the same access on your PC.
3 Launch of Enterprise mobility suite (EMS) - that allows more security - encrypted emails, VPN and others
4 Push for Skype integration for video calls
5 Workflow keyboard - swipe keys … doesn’t this come from Samsung? :)
6 IE 11 update on Windows Phone - with in private browsing and reading mode
7 Bits should be available for developers … @ Microsoft
8 Roll out of Win Phone 8.1 coming to consumers in next few months (date not announced)
9 Windows free for sub-9" devices on phone… is this strategy more for early adoption and Windows market share? How do they plan to monetize - by selling apps?
New features for Windows 8.1 update (and oh! Microsoft already planning Windows 9 next summer 2015) - 1 Brings Start menu back (is this considered a feature.. .? You take it away and then bring it back :))
2 Windows feature - that allows Metro apps to appear as distinct windows in desktop mode
3 Release update - Win 8.1 update roll out available - starting Apr 8th
Interesting and encouraging moves, hopefully makes everyone's life better...