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 woegjiub on Mon 14th Apr 2014 21:17 UTC in reply to "UI"
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It's not that bad, even on large screens.

It's just too different for most people.

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RE[2]: UI
by reduz on Mon 14th Apr 2014 21:23 in reply to "RE: UI"
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I beg to differ, I have a 1520, hardware specs are amazing, screen is unusable as everything is too big.

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by woegjiub on Mon 14th Apr 2014 21:24 in reply to "RE[2]: UI"
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That's just a DPI issue though.
The stock Note 3 is like that, with the menus blown up huge.
You simply have to tweak the DPI.

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RE[3]: UI
by Nelson on Mon 14th Apr 2014 21:34 in reply to "RE[2]: UI"
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8.1 fixes scaling per the Arstechnica review linked in this article.

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