Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Apr 2014 18:02 UTC

During the Build keynote, Microsoft also officially unveiled Windows Phone 8.1. Most of its features have long been known, so I'm not going to go into all of them in detail, but suffice it to say this is a huge update. Microsoft focuses a lot on its Google Now and Siri alternative Cortana (The Verge has a great article on it), which works more or less in the same way, but with one interesting strength: integration with third party applications.

Windows Phone 8.1 will become available for developers this month, and will be pushed to current devices in the coming months. It will also be available on new devices during that same timeframe - and it'll arrive on all Windows Phone 8 devices (every time a Microsoft employee points this out, an Android 2.3 device explodes).

I am very psyched for this massive update. It might not make much of a difference in the marketplace, but that doesn't really matter for me personally. This simply looks like a fantastic update, and I can't wait until my developer-ready HTC 8X gets the developer update.

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RE[3]: Comment by judgen
by saso on Wed 2nd Apr 2014 21:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by judgen"
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I think it depends on the delivery mechanism. Are they OTA updates or do you have to accept the risks/headaches that come with flashing a custom ROM?

Originally the Note came with 2.3.6, then OTA upgraded to 4.0 and then to 4.1.2. If you're willing to go with Cyanogenmod (which is easy enough to install, but does require hooking up to a PC), it's an officially supported platform with OTA updates up to the latest 4.4 builds.
Regardless, the discussion of upgrade policy differences between iOS, Android and WP is almost beyond sensible - they're just too different. Apple and MS are control freaks when it comes to their software. Google is much more lax, so the post-sales support will vary from vendor to vendor.
Thom can waffle about this all day long. The fact of the matter is, either you give everybody the freedom to tinker with the OS as they see fit (and this includes screwing over their customers by ignoring post-sales support, if they so choose), or you lock the OS down and tightly control the update schedule yourself. There's no room in between.
Don't like a particular vendor's handling of updates? Vote with your wallet!

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