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]: Better
by avgalen on Wed 16th Apr 2014 08:13 UTC in reply to "RE: Better"
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It is working for me after a change in language and region settings. It is pretty good but still hit and miss. The voice recognition seems to work really well, but often it just goes to a websearch instead of doing something useful
"set an alarm for 7"...perfect
"turn of the alarm", 'which one', "8".....perfect
"turn of all alarms" action
"send a new email to my contact" action

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RE[3]: Better
by oma2la on Wed 16th Apr 2014 14:26 in reply to "RE[2]: Better"
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Thanks for the reply - much appreciated. I changed my language settings to US English and Cortana appeared. I'm surprised at how well it understands my non-US accent, but now that it works I don't know what to do with it... ;)

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RE[4]: Better
by avgalen on Wed 16th Apr 2014 14:52 in reply to "RE[3]: Better"
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You don't know what to do with it...
or you don't know what to do without it?

The first one is the same opinion that I had about Siri for a while...great for a demo and 1 or 2 simple things, but overall pretty useless

The second is of course what Microsoft is hoping for ;)

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