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  1. Coolaaron88's Avatar
    We have for all intents and purposes have seen, more or less, everything that exists in Windows Phone 8.1. After seeing and reading most of the topics in this forum. Im left feeling puzzled. It seems that the majority of people aren't impressed with 8.1 or feel "meh" about the update.

    Windows Phone 8.1 was designed to do two thing:

    1. Add new functionality
    2. Enhance existing functionality

    Doesn't WP8.1 do that? Yet people feel like this update isn't enough and is just more of playing catchup. Well let me ask you, other than the few things that didn't make it into this build of Windows Phone, what else did you honestly want? I understand this update was about leveling the playing field but it seems like we like to throw out the "playing catch up/not innovating/nothing revolutionary" card all the time without actually citing what could be done. What else were you expecting to get out of this update to "excite" you?

    I mean there are things that I wish made it into 8.1 as well, but I cant wait until this update drops. How does the rest of the forum feel?
    04-03-2014 04:19 PM
  2. Kellzea's Avatar
    Personally im stoked, sure there could be always be more but im more than happy with what's to come. Cortana looks badass, the tile backgrounds is awesome and an open(ish) file system means we will get better audiobook support.

    Im happy. Very happy.
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    04-03-2014 04:25 PM
  3. Raesu's Avatar
    I love the update but am disappointed by Skype. Both new features are irrelevant to me. If I want to video chat a friend, I call him with Skype video. What I wanted was a massively overhauled client with proper file sharing (it even sucks on PC, IOS, android now as well), proper emoticons, and profile editing/able to see other profiles. Is that seriously not here yet? What about managing groups through the app, or group calls? Nope.

    I do hope the update is much much faster than it is currently because I just about refuse to use it on my Lumia. It is very fast on my iPhone.

    That said...still very excited for 8.1.
    04-03-2014 04:27 PM
  4. Coolaaron88's Avatar
    Personally im stoked, sure there could be always be more but im more than happy with what's to come. Cortana looks badass, the tile backgrounds is awesome and an open(ish) file system means we will get better audiobook support.

    Im happy. Very happy.
    Im happy as well. Its just the general vibe Im getting from people who just aren't happy with everything thats in this update. Do you have to be 100% satisfied? No, but I mean its better than 8.0.
    04-03-2014 04:28 PM
  5. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    It is the roll out timing that makes it "still" catching up. Features that take 3-6 months or more to reach globally v/s features on competition OS that will be available on the same day. In 6 months time WP8.1 will have all these catch up features that makes it on par with anything out there TODAY. But in those 6 months, competition would have leaped ahead, again. What WP8.1 is right now, is perfect for TODAY, not for 6 months down the line. That's where it has failed.
    04-03-2014 04:38 PM
  6. Coolaaron88's Avatar
    It is the roll out timing that makes it "still" catching up. Features that take 3-6 months or more to reach globally v/s features on competition OS that will be available on the same day. In 6 months time WP8.1 will have all these catch up features that makes it on par with anything out there TODAY. But in those 6 months, competition would have leaped ahead, again. What WP8.1 is right now, is perfect for TODAY, not for 6 months down the line. That's where it has failed.
    At least all Windows Phone 8 devices are getting the 8.1 updates. While I cant argue with you about the pace of the rollout of the update, its infinitely better than the sorry state of Android updates. I mean what more could happen in iOS 8 and Android 4.43 or Android 5 that couldn't be applied in WP 8.5 or in a GDR update this year. It not like because the competition is moving forward that Microsoft isn't as well.
    04-03-2014 04:58 PM
  7. peachy001's Avatar
    They say they will all get the update, but that surely means waiting for the carriers to get it out to us. I am skeptical that they will share the enthusiasm.
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    04-03-2014 06:01 PM
  8. theefman's Avatar
    It is the roll out timing that makes it "still" catching up. Features that take 3-6 months or more to reach globally v/s features on competition OS that will be available on the same day. In 6 months time WP8.1 will have all these catch up features that makes it on par with anything out there TODAY. But in those 6 months, competition would have leaped ahead, again. What WP8.1 is right now, is perfect for TODAY, not for 6 months down the line. That's where it has failed.

    RThere will be 2 new Nokia handsets on sale with 8.1 in 1 month, the 630/635 then the 930 a month later, not 6. So the OS will be available and competitive with the competition much sooner than 6 months.
    04-03-2014 06:15 PM
  9. SonOfDad's Avatar
    It seems that the majority of people aren't impressed with 8.1 or feel "meh" about the update.
    I'd be impressed if all these new features were available. You don't get up on stage after 15 months and say "yeah this will be released soon, this in 6 months, for you in 12 months."

    "Here's a puppy, you can't play with it!" PRICKS no wonder they are on single digits in market share, don't hold off on the oxygen waiting for that to change!
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    04-03-2014 09:49 PM
  10. Coolaaron88's Avatar
    I'd be impressed if all these new features were available. You don't get up on stage after 15 months and say "yeah this will be released soon, this in 6 months, for you in 12 months."

    "Here's a puppy, you can't play with it!" PRICKS no wonder they are on single digits in market share, don't hold off on the oxygen waiting for that to change!
    Yeah, that must explain why Android is having such a hard time in the marketplace.

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    04-03-2014 09:51 PM
  11. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    Yeah, that must explain why Android is having such a hard time in the marketplace.

    Sent from my SM-T320 using Tapatalk
    Android can afford what its doing now. It owns the market. Microsoft can't. They came late to the party, waited over a year for major OS upgrade and that isn't going to reach the masses before 6 months. Don't expect an influx of people buying 630, 635 and 930. They will be minority compared to all those WP8 handsets already in hands of end users.
    04-04-2014 03:40 AM
  12. mariusmuntean's Avatar
    For me it's ok, mostly I have wanted VPN.
    But I am still missing the USB Tethering which is still not added in wp8.1 as it seems. Also can anyone please tell me why the HECK for VPN there is only IKEv2 authentication type??? I mean comeon. Most use IPSEC or PPTP. I want to believe is just an emulator issue, but if this is true that only ikev2...this sucks..big time.
    flyingsolid likes this.
    04-04-2014 05:51 AM
  13. MaXi32's Avatar
    I think this update has more benefits to developers to create new apps with much more APIs.
    04-04-2014 11:26 PM
  14. Guytronic's Avatar
    Been reading a bit because I'm not smart device market savvy.
    It has been pointed out more than once in these forums about pushing updates.

    Watching and reading in the aftermath of the build conference seeing the indifference to roll out timelines for the users by MSFT.
    I can see now why this is so important based on how many members here clammer (demand) for change and improvement.

    Looks to me that Microsoft has a strong following and a lot of interest.
    MS really does need to pay whole attention to this following and realize how powerful this relationship could be.

    Microsoft should humble itself before the masses like Google did in the beginning.
    We all know how tough it is to sell something when it's fans are complaining.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    04-05-2014 12:12 AM
  15. SonOfDad's Avatar
    Don't expect an influx of people buying 630, 635 and 930.
    Yeah I can't imagine anyone updating their handset until they have all features of 8.1 available. Meanwhile Nokia will no doubt be scratching heads saying "daa why no sales?" Of coarse by the end of the year the options might be much more interesting than a rebadged Icon!
    04-05-2014 01:54 AM
  16. bayanii's Avatar
    I'm happy. I'm already happy with what's available. I can't do what Microsoft does, so I'll just let them do their thing. I'm not a apple or android user, so I'll just be patient. 8.1 looks great.
    04-05-2014 03:10 AM
  17. Jaskys's Avatar
    Expectation: Phone does everything for me
    Reality: I still have to wipe my own *** :(...
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    04-05-2014 03:14 AM
  18. wpn00b's Avatar
    I'm happy with what I saw. Can hardly wait!

    I think that they got enough right that people will finally include Windows Phone when comparison shopping.
    04-05-2014 03:30 AM
  19. Zeem Frostmaw's Avatar
    I think this update has more benefits to developers to create new apps with much more APIs.
    Well, Build IS a developer conference, after all.
    04-05-2014 03:31 AM
  20. bayanii's Avatar
    Well, Build IS a developer conference, after all.
    touch
    04-05-2014 03:39 AM
  21. bilzkh's Avatar
    Thus far Windows Phone has been the work of a relatively fringe team at Microsoft. Moving forward Windows Phone will receive the full weight of the Microsoft OS group responsible for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox OS. In other words, the WP is now in the best position possible (short of running all of Microsoft) to speed up WP development, to offer cross-platform integration and interoperability (e.g. Cortana across devices) and respond to consumer and developer feedback. From this point on, expect things with WP to move quickly!
    saintmonster likes this.
    04-05-2014 03:42 AM
  22. Ankit Nawlakha's Avatar
    Windows Phone 8.1 is definitely living up to my expectations..!! Nd i cant find any reason which does not bring this OS to level with other OSes..!!
    Now we have all those basic features which are generally required in a Smart Phone..! (Some will say that there is no file manager.. But how many of you have actually felt the need of a file manager..? ? Huh?? File Manager was never on my list)..
    I know in terms of Games we are a bit behind.. But i believe that this update will encourage developers to port their games into Windows Phone..!!
    And in terms of Apps.. The so-called "App-Gap" is NEGLIGIBLE now..!!
    So i can conclude that this is indeed an impressive update..!! And i can't understand why some people are not happy..?!!
    04-05-2014 05:22 AM
  23. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    Windows Phone 8.1 is definitely living up to my expectations..!! Nd i cant find any reason which does not bring this OS to level with other OSes..!!
    Now we have all those basic features which are generally required in a Smart Phone..! (Some will say that there is no file manager.. But how many of you have actually felt the need of a file manager..? ? Huh?? File Manager was never on my list)..
    I know in terms of Games we are a bit behind.. But i believe that this update will encourage developers to port their games into Windows Phone..!!
    And in terms of Apps.. The so-called "App-Gap" is NEGLIGIBLE now..!!
    So i can conclude that this is indeed an impressive update..!! And i can't understand why some people are not happy..?!!
    May I remind you we still cant edit an email before forwarding? Or attach PDFs to email? Or attach multiple docs to email?
    04-05-2014 05:35 AM
  24. linking1990's Avatar
    You know, I am down by many things on this update (not including some more functionality than what the leaks suggested), but the thing that bugs me the most is that even the things that were leaked didn't all make it to this update. (File picker, swiping tiles to clear notifications on tiles, actionable notifications, etc..).

    Though in real life, leaks mean that: this is coming, and probably other things we don't know about, but in WP 8.1 case it was like: this is more than what you are really gonna get! This is what made this update look not so much to me, and probably to many more.

    I am already looking forward to WP 9 and I still haven't laid a hand on 8.1 yet, this is how much I was expecting more from this update! It took Microsoft a year and a half to come up with so little, that Windows 8 got and still gets in months.
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    04-05-2014 05:55 AM
  25. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    You know, I am down by many things on this update (not including some more functionality than what the leaks suggested), but the thing that bugs me the most is that even the things that were leaked didn't all make it to this update. (File picker, swiping tiles to clear notifications on tiles, actionable notifications, etc..).

    Though in real life, leaks mean that: this is coming, and probably other things we don't know about, but in WP 8.1 case it was like: this is more than what you are really gonna get! This is what made this update look not so much to me, and probably to many more.

    I am already looking forward to WP 9 and I still haven't laid a hand on 8.1 yet, this is how much I was expecting more from this update! It took Microsoft a year and a half to come up with so little, that Windows 8 got and still gets in months.
    Could you throw in a few examples of leaks that were documented and aren't in WP8.1?
    04-05-2014 06:07 AM
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