Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Apr 2014 16:59 UTC

Microsoft released Windows Phone 8.1 to those who enrolled in the developer preview program (i.e., everyone).

Ars' Peter Bright in his review of 8.1:

The result feels a whole lot more mature and a whole lot more capable than its predecessor. The 0.1 version bump, chosen to align the phone platform with its desktop sibling, belies the true nature of this upgrade. It is substantial, and makes Windows Phone tremendously better.

We might still wish that there were a few more apps, and that developers spoke of the platform in the same breath as iOS and Android, but even in spite of this, Windows Phone 8.1 is a polished, fun, clever, and personal smartphone platform that's just about everyone can enjoy. It's a magnificent smartphone platform.

I've been using it since earlier today, and the notification centre (finally) alone is more than enough to make this a fantastic update. Sadly, my HTC 8X does not seem to be supported by Cortana - other 8X owners are reporting the same, as do 8X owners on Twitter - which makes me worry a little about Cortana, perhaps, being an exclusive feature for Nokia phones, or it having some other restrictive limitations. That, honestly, would be a shame.

Update: Here's an 8X with Cortana working just fine, so the original worries clearly aren't necessary.

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by Dano on Tue 15th Apr 2014 00:58 UTC
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Playing around with the update today on my Nokia 925. Damn the swipe keyboard alone is worth the update. It's even better than Swype right out of the gate... Notification center is cool but you have to shut off all of the email being reported as notifications. Cortana is neat for phone commands but I thought that it would be more chatty than it is. It's definitely still in beta... It often jumps to Bing searches more than processing commands but the voice recognition is totally amazing. Calendar updated and is updated like a new button to jump from mobile web to regular web site is really appreciated. Simplified call answer screen and Skype button on dial pad is nice. Still no select all button for email check boxes... Am I missing something? Took about a half of an hour and two restarts to upgrade the phone but everything went smoothly.

Edited 2014-04-15 00:59 UTC

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