In Pictures: Windows Phone 8.1

First major update to Microsoft mobile OS since autumn 2012; includes enterprise IT features

Improved Word Flow keyboard Word Flow was introduced in Windows Phone 8. The new version is being described, though not by Microsoft, as a “Swype-style” keyboard. Instead of tapping, you can slide a finger over the keys and the software figures out what you’re typing and enters it automatically. Microsoft calls this “shape writing” and says it beat out Swype on Samsung Galaxy S4 to become the fastest smartphone text entry keyboard, in a test by the folks at Guinness World Records.

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