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

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: Notifications
by reduz on Tue 15th Apr 2014 17:52 UTC in reply to "Notifications"
reduz
Member since:
2006-02-25

My problem with WP wasn't as much the lack of notification center. I think I was ok with what there was. It was mainly the really slow multitasking, like when you touch the livetile to see the messages. for SMS it was instant, but many apps like Whatsapp, Skype, GChar, etc took an eternity to open and show you the messages. Some (like skype) would lose context and restart and then you had to go and search for those yourself.

If this had worked properly and everything was like checking SMSs or Mails, I don't think anyone would really have complained, but what there was in there was pretty annoying.

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RE[2]: Notifications
by Morgan on Tue 15th Apr 2014 19:09 in reply to "RE: Notifications"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Some (like skype) would lose context and restart and then you had to go and search for those yourself.



This is what really blows my mind when it comes to Microsoft and integration. Skype is a Microsoft service, why isn't it fully integrated into the WP OS? Even my five year old N900 has better, faster, more native Skype integration than Microsoft's own phones. If Microsoft can integrate Facebook messaging -- a third party service -- as seamlessly as they do into the messaging system, why not Skype too?

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RE[3]: Notifications
by Dano on Wed 16th Apr 2014 13:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Notifications"
Dano Member since:
2006-01-22

Skype is integrated now ín the dialer and via Cortana.

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RE[3]: Notifications
by zima on Fri 18th Apr 2014 17:32 in reply to "RE[2]: Notifications"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Mobile carriers probably don't like Skype integration...

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RE[2]: Notifications
by Dano on Wed 16th Apr 2014 13:38 in reply to "RE: Notifications"
Dano Member since:
2006-01-22

Multitasking is not an issue anymore. 8.1 has new memory schemes to prevent the Resuming message. These schemes are based on the amount of available memory on the device. On faster devices like 925 its not a problem even under 8.0.

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RE[3]: Notifications
by alphaseinor on Thu 17th Apr 2014 16:51 in reply to "RE[2]: Notifications"
alphaseinor Member since:
2012-01-11

Waze has already done the resuming message multiple times... I imagine the application has to be recompiled to the 8.1 SDK for it to work properly. then again maybe it needs a rewrite for it to work.

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