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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RE[2]: today's update
by Dryhte on Tue 15th Apr 2014 09:02 UTC in reply to "RE: today's update"
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Yep my problem exactly.
Word autocorrection in my own language (dutch) is quite bad for short words (often capitalizing them as if they were letter words, which is weird) and swiping hasn't been implemented.
examples: 'ze' (they/she) becomes ZE, 'me' (me) becomes ME... apparently the damn thing doesn't want to learn because I keep changing it back to lowercase and it keeps suggesting the uppercase.

Edited 2014-04-15 09:04 UTC

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RE[3]: today's update
by avgalen on Tue 15th Apr 2014 09:51 in reply to "RE[2]: today's update"
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I am using a 1020 with 8.1 in Dutch AND English and swiping works perfectly fine. And with perfectly fine I mean that I can type REALLY fast on my phone now. I never typed a single mail on a portable before and now it has suddenly become my main device.

Autocomplete also worked very nicely on 8 in Dutch and English but only offers 4 or 5 possible words which is often not enough

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RE[4]: today's update
by Dano on Tue 15th Apr 2014 17:04 in reply to "RE[3]: today's update"
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I think that you would require more screen real estate for more word suggestions unless you scroll over which is often more time consuming than just typing the weird words...

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RE[4]: today's update
by Dryhte on Tue 15th Apr 2014 18:02 in reply to "RE[3]: today's update"
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LOL you know what, I changed my keyboard from Dutch(Belgium) to Dutch(Netherlands) and the silly word prediction bug is gone and swiping works. Thanks for pointing out that it could, actually, work ;)

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