In Pictures: 10 takeaways from Microsoft's Build conference 2014

Microsoft started it's Build developers conference Wednesday with a three-hour keynote. Here are some of the highlights.

Cortana Microsoft introduced Windows Phone 8.1, which will offer a high-density, personalized start screen. Users can now have three tiles across the device and can choose a background, instead of a solid color, for the tile backgrounds.

Microsoft also introduced Cortana at the Build conference, the company's first voice-activated digital assistant. Cortana has her own live tile on the start screen, which you can see here in the center. Cortana is still in beta, and experienced a few hiccups during the presentation.

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