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Overall 9
8.5

Windows Phone 8.1 review: Microsoft's mobile OS finally feels whole

Engadget
14 April 2014
  • Conclusion: Windows Phone 8.1 is the OS we've been waiting for years to see, bringing a notification center, personal assistant and other great touches.
  • Pros: Action Center is well-designed, desperately needed, Cortana voice assistant works well considering it's still in beta, Swipe keyboard is easy to use, More modern hardware support, More personalization options
  • Cons: Large phones can't take full advantage of the screen space, Google support still lagging
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Overall 8
8.0

Aggressively innovative Windows 8 forces a steep learning curve

CNET
17 May 2013
  • Summary: Microsoft makes an aggressive, forward-thinking, and bold statement for the future of PCs with Windows 8, and vast security and speed improvements more than justify the $40 upgrade price.
  • Pros: Windows 8 embraces the future wholeheartedly. Log-in and boot times are fast, the apps look gorgeous, and the Sync feature brings seamless transition between devices.
  • Cons: The learning curve is steep and in-app navigation isn't obvious. There are just too many known unknowns here.
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Overall 8
8.0

Improved Windows still torn between tablet future and PC past

CNET
8 May 2013
  • Summary: If you're a dedicated Windows 8 hater, the update to Windows 8.1 isn't going to change your mind. For everyone else, this collection of tweaks, fixes, and new features is useful, but everything here should have shipped in the original version last year.
  • Pros: Windows 8.1 adds many useful tweaks and fixes, including a new version of the missing Start button, better searching, the ability to boot directly to the desktop, and a much-improved app store. Plus, it's free for current Windows 8 users.
  • Cons: The split between the touch-friendly tiles and throwback desktop mode is still awkward, and the OS is hard to use without a touch screen. While welcome, the new Start button doesn't behave like the classic version, and the Windows app store still lacks serious software, especially for gamers.
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Overall 8
8.0

Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1

PC Magazine
5 May 2013
  • Conclusion: With its new digital assistant, Cortana, Action Center, and slick home screen options, Windows Phone is ready to challenge the bigger names in mobile operating systems.
  • Pros: Cortana digital assistant combines Siri's personality with Google Now's intelligence. Appealing home-screen customization. Action Center notifications. "Senses" help you conserve data and battery life. Excellent Swype-style shaped-text input. Quiet hours.
  • Cons: Weak mail and browser interfaces. App selection still trails the competition. Keyboard doesn't have voice entry.
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Overall 7
7.0

Microsoft Windows Phone 8

PC Magazine
19 March 2013
  • Conclusion: Windows Phone 8 is a good-looking, well-designed, easy-to-use mobile operating system, but with a very different set of apps compared with other platforms, it's still for mavericks.
  • Pros: Well-designed interface. Excellent Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Windows 8 compatibility. Top-notch social network integration.
  • Cons: App selection is different from, and less than on other mobile platforms. Poor Mac compatibility. Few GPS navigation options on non-Nokia phones.
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Overall 7
7.0

Microsoft Windows Phone 8

thinkdigit.com
3 November 2012
  • Summary: Windows Phone 8 is a good-looking, well-designed, easy-to-use mobile operating system, but with a very different set of apps compared with other platforms, it's still for mavericks.
  • Pros: Well-designed interface, Excellent Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Windows 8 compatibility, Top-notch social network integration
  • Cons: App selection is different from, and less than on other mobile platforms, Poor Mac compatibility, Few GPS navigation options on non-Nokia phones
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Overall 8
8.2

Windows 8 review

Engadget
30 October 2012
  • Conclusion: So long as you have a touch-enabled PC, Windows 8 is easier to use than you may have feared. Just give yourself time to master the learning curve.
  • Pros: Works well on tablets, traditional PCs, Deep integration with SkyDrive, Xbox, Free music streaming, Improved multi-monitor support
  • Cons: Steep learning curve, Frustrating to use with a mouse, Limited selection in Windows Store
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Overall 8
8.3
Ease of use 7
6.7

Review: Microsoft Windows 8.1

PC Authority
5 February 2014
Overall 8
8.0

Microsoft Windows 8.1

expertreviews.co.uk
17 January 2014
  • Excerpt: Windows 8 released earlier this year to a mixed response from both reviewers and users. While many people appreciated its fast boot times, responsive interface and touchscreen-friendliness, others were driven to distraction by the disjointed relationship between desktop and Start screen, and poor default multimedia apps.
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Overall 8
8.3
Value for money 10
10
Features 8
8.3
Ease of use 7
6.7

Microsoft Windows 8.1

PC Pro
22 October 2013
  • Conclusion: A collection of improvements that add some welcome flexibility to Windows 8
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