Windows Phone 8.1 surprisingly great

Windows Phone 7 was Microsoft's belated entry in the smartphone wars, ushering in cool new design trends without making a huge impact on the business. Windows Phone 8 was a disappointment. But the first major point version is a big surprise, packing all the new features expected in its predecessor: "a magnificent smartphone platform," writes Peter Bright.

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  1. Microsoft's belated entry in the smartphone wars,

    Windows Mobile was M$ initial entry into the smartphone wars. And it had great promise, until they just stopped supporting it five years ago to completely develop Windows Phone. Windows Mobile was fully embraced by modding culture, and had quite a bit of

  2. And here I am just dumping Windows Phone.

    Nothing to do with the OS though, frustration with the hardware strategy and the bullshit with the carriers. Here's our new flagship, no, it won't be available in the US, unless you want a crappy version that's only on Verizon. Here's our phablet, no you can only have a crippled version and only on AT&T. Here's our new tablet, you have to buy it from carriers and we won't offer the nice versions. Same bullshit since the N9.

    If MS/Nokia actually put their goddamn phones on sale anywhere they'd do a lot better.

  3. Except Star Trek films.

  4. WP was never that bad. The problems where and are the same with this version. Lack of apps, especially apps that needed decent access to system resources, BING! (is useless outside the US) and fear of being left out of the windows ecosystem.

    I have the Nokia 900 and an older HTC. Both abandoned by MS. I have a similarly old SE that still has a large and expanding software application base to choose from in the Google Market.

    I might give WP another chance when I can dual boot.

  5. And then this one time, me leave Ugg alone to light fire, and me come back three-and-many moons later to find he had been trying to do fancy "rub sticks together," but both sticks dead. Ugg also dead. Ha! In my day we just stare at stick fiercely until it burst into flame by shame.

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