Poll: Windows Phone 8.1 is here, are YOU excited?

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, developers and non-developers, Windows Phone 8.1 is here! Microsoft opened up its bag of tricks and introduced a sizeable list of new additions. And, while most of them aren't exactly fresh and hip, we reckon each and every one of them is very welcome. The increased personalization abilities, the formal introduction of Cortana, and the long-awaited Action Center are worthy updates that bring Windows Phone up to speed, while many secondary additions and tweaks are waiting to be discovered.

So, are you satisfied with what you saw unveiled at Build? Did you have any strong expectations and anticipated features that you felt Microsoft forgot to include? Was there any functionality that really stood out for you? Vote in our poll and voice your opinion in the comments. We're looking forward to hearing from you, and finally grabbing Windows Phone 8.1 for a spin soon.

Are you excited about the new Windows Phone?

Yes, Windows Phone 8.1 rocks!
72.6%
No, I definitely expected more.
8.54%
Windows Phone 8.1 has done nothing to change my opinion of the platform.
18.86%

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46 Comments

46. diyi75

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

It's getting better and better!

42. vishalaestro

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

still missing volume control for individual sections like ringtones ,alarms and music player.other than that it's only the app availability.

41. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Still missing too many apps. Right now I can do better on BB10 using a mixture of native and Android apps. But my daily driver is Sony Xperia Z Ultra running Android 4.4. And I just do not like those tiles. They are hideous as a UI.

40. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

To be honest I don't know whether WP suits me, Last WP device I used was WP7, and phone portals such as PA, don't focus on functionalities that are important to me, so maybe someone can respond. Here are my expectations for the platform: 1. Bluetooth - abitlity to send pictures and music via bluetooth to other devices, and PC's. 2. DLNA - ability to show pictures on the TV. The best is push-DLNA function, but DLNA server would do as well I suppose. 3. Ability to send all files to and from PC, without third party applications on computer. - wireless would be welcome, but not necessary 4. Online Google map. - very important to be Google, different solutions are welcome as well, but google map with search function is necessary. 5. Ability to get offline maps (I remember, that in WP7 worked only offline in drive mode, and that doesn't satisfy my needs) 6. Ability to controll data transfer (and to easily cut it off) - I don't remember how it worked in WP 7. Ability to survive 2-3 days, when not heavily used. 8. Easy switching, between silent, vibrate, and loud modes. 9. Flashlite one click away. 10.Internet tethering. Can be via wifi, but bluetooth teethering would be prefered. 11. Different browser than IE. - as a developer, I lost countless hours trying to make things to work on IE, therefore I don't like using it. 12. Ability to import, backup, and move contacts without cloud services (offline). 13. Same with SMS.

43. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I dont know the answer....and your post is a great example as to why there is no such thing as the best OS. Some things I assume can be done with apps, some maybe if the app has a Live Tile. I am going to take a wild guess....and say WP might not be the platform for you based on your post...and I barely know anything about it.

44. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Especially #11. Before a few years ago...Chrome or whatever the stock browser was on Android wasnt the best....and those still might not be the best now. I would be extremely surprised if MS ditched importing, backing up, moving contacts without cloud services. That was one thing I loved about Win Mo. Even tho Google makes it easy by having all that synced with GMail...you still have the option for doing that with an sd card too....for phones that have an sd card... Those without sd cards....I dont really know. And I let my daughter borrow my Moto G today...so I cant see right now.

38. tomakali

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

With Microsoft patent for cubes... WP9 and WP10 is going to be awesome

37. Antonyjoseph

Posts: 217; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

Yup, Really excited. Now MS keep working on fine tuning this and integrating (all the Windows platforms)

36. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

I'm really excited for WP 8.1. Can't wait for the update to be out so that I can update my Lumia 925. WP 8.1 really goes a long way to bringing WP on par with the other platforms, feature wise.

32. tumchaaditya

Posts: 71; Member since: May 21, 2012

I remember my old Lumia 800 with Windows Phone 7.5 and WP has truly come a long way from there. Most of the complaints I had about 7.5 seem to have been addressed in 8.1. Good..

31. piko1

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

well i hope to have a start menu and a real desktop just as Windows 8.1 ( not mobile ) in WInP 9 i need to change my phone to be clear i expected to get XL when it gets in Bulgaria BUT after i saw the 8.1 now i want to get Lumia any Lumia (read 525 or 720) for me

21. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Now all we need is a waterproof Lumia :D

24. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

you're telling me if it's waterproof you'd buy it?? lol

20. jsdechavez

Posts: 818; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Been using Win8 for half a year now. Losing the Start Menu was a real bummer and took some getting used but it is the most fluid Windows to date and the gestures help a lot too. Still discovering some interesting things (and some missing/quirky ones like drivers and bluetooth audio streaming). Now, having seen the forthcoming StartMenu comeback (with tiles) I think it's gonna be awesome. Also, my computer never had so much apps than before. Ironic? Well, Windows XP, Vista, and 7 didn't have apps. Now there's a lot to try though not as much as some more established mobile app stores. Win8 user, Asus i7, non-touch. Use a fast mouse.

18. Jason2k13

Posts: 1487; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

The main thing that's keeping me away from using windows phone as my daily driver are apps and some customization. After playing around with my dad and friends windows phone, most of the apps that I wanted or in my galaxy S4 are not there. The only windows phone that im interested in is the lumia 1020, because of it's superior camera.

17. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I will appreciate the competition is improving. Wp 8.1 has got a nice major update. But its not convincing yet for me. Its still no match for android imo.

30. dome888

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

agree.

16. hurrycanger

Posts: 1777; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I am.

14. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2365; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Windows phone 8.1 FTW!!!!!!!!!!!

13. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

It's still playing catch up ... And Nokia is dominating the wp .. and in recent years it has such a bad rep everyone smiles when they see one :/

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I am stoked and I hope they continue to integrate the NSA into the OS...

23. papss unregistered

You mean from Google?

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yes I am! If I had more money I would use both WP and Android. Now only Android! I know that what I'm going to say now is pretty weird: I prefer Windows 8.1 on PC than WP 8.1 on mobile. Yeah I know you guys must think I'm crazy but that's what I think lol

34. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Not weird I love my note 3, but I am tired of babysitting my Droid, especially the lower end ones. I recommend the note 3 daily especially for the stylus. But my 925 sees more use.

35. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

You're not weird for that at all. I prefer Windows 8.1 on a PC / tablet as opposed to WP 8.1 mobile as well. Still, I'm stoked about it and can't wait to update my Lumia 925.

10. lucid.brat unregistered

Its damn good

9. KenAdams

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

WP8.1 definitely looks very exciting. Waiting to pick up a Lumia 930!

28. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

930 beauty and 8.1 beauty combine = masterpiece.

8. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Yes..

27. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Not yes. Oh hell yes.

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