Windows Phone 8.1 features

What are the new features of Windows Phone 8.1?

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JanSt / MOD  May. 26, 2014 at 13:01

In fact WP 8.1 adds so many new features to the WP platform that I send you over
to wpcentral where they have a
complete (?) list.
In all fairness, as a hater of Microsoft I have to say: it's an astonishing upgrade!

Equally astonishing: the process of getting the developer preview is flawless. Easy.
No hiccups. From signing up as a developer to starting downloading WP 8.1 took less
than 10 minutes on the Lumia 1520 I currently use.

Also: despite all the new features battery performance hasn't suffered.In fact, my impression is
the second WP 8.1 update improved upon the original performance. That with a new
Action centre/Notification bar, more'live'live tiles etc etc....

Also: camera loads faster etc etc....

Lastly, many apps developers have already taken advantage of the new features and have updated their app/s accordingly.

I am actually amazed. I find Windows desktop OSs horrible.
Updates on a PC? Horrible. Windows 8? Horrible.

The WP team is doing an extraordinary job. No debate.

Only 2 events in the past come to mind:

When HTC took WinMo 6.5
and used it for the HD2 and made it visually pleasing and perfectly touch-friendly (WinMo was not designed to be finger-friendly. It was a keyboard and/or stylus OS. And it was p*ss ugly in its 'vanilla' stage).

And before that, when Apple designed the iPhone OS from scratch to launch a device for touch only (more or less).

Oh, and Blackberry's move from BB7 to BB10. But: BB10 mostly failed.
Too many elements of BB10 leave you with the impression they did
it for the heck of it rather than to make something more user friendly. As a result BB10 still has inconsistencies.

WP 8 to 8.1 is a different kettle altogether. The developers
obviously listened to the users. That doeesn't happen often these days.

JanSt / MOD  May. 26, 2014 at 14:40


in case the comment above appears too fanboy-ish, a clarification: WP8.1 is not perfect.
It's not for everyone. It does not miraculously give you all the apps missing from the WP marketplace.
But it is a very useable OS that combines some of the best from the old WinMo days, from iOS and Android. And why not: both iOS and Android 'stole' heavily from WinMo - once the most widely used touch OS on earth.

I mentioned elsewhere a somewhat bizarre, ironic sign of MS's being very serious about WP:
Syncing or exchanging files between a Lumia and a Macbook is in some ways more convenient and glitch-free than it is to sync an iPhone or iPad with a Mac. Of course, the combination of Mavericks and iOS 7.1 was an unlucky one - bugs gallore. But still.

I believe, from what I have seen in WP 8.1 so far, it is now a valid competitor, and an alternative worth your consideration if your iPhone or Galaxy bores you.
It is not perfect. And it is Microsoft...


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