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The Windows Phone is making a comeback. This time the operating system has found a home in one of the most appreciated smartphones in the business. The new HTC One M8 with Windows has given a fresh new breath of life to the Windows Phone 8.1 and given users a chance to experience the operating system on a brilliantly designed phone. The success of this phone will definitely encourage other manufacturers to bring out Windows variants in their flagship space.

So we dug deep, scoured through and looked into the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. With this new Windows Phone 8.1 update the OS is catching up to the giants. We check out how a Windows phone can score over the champions of the smartphone game, Android and iOS.

With the HTC One M8 running Windows Phone 8.1, the OS is back in view

With the HTC One M8 running Windows Phone 8.1, the OS is back in view

5. Its Customizability

Windows phone 8 didn’t have many customizability features but much has changed since. The Windows phones of course don’t have as many customizability features as Android but it surely has more than the iOS. The  ‘Start background’ lets you personalize the homepage. The homegrown apps on the Windows Phone 8.1 are ready to take on the world and the OS is as competitive as others.

4. Cortana

Cortana has some nice quirky attitude.

Cortana has some nice quirky attitude.

This one will definitely be a plus for Microsoft. The digital assistant inspired by the widely acclaimed character from Halo is a lot of fun. Cortana is anthropomorphic which means that you can have a conversation with her and because of this, she wins over the robotic Google Now responses. Cortana is capable of doing what Google Now does but with a quirky attitude that you would love. Cortana’s Notebook is a feature worth mentioning. The user customizable Notebook is used by Cortana to find the best results for you.

3. The Action Centre

Action Center

Action Center

The only thing missing from the main screen of a Windows phone was a notification menu. It’s here, Microsoft has brought the ‘Action Center’ in Windows Phone 8.1 which makes the OS fully functional now. The Action Center can be accessed by swiping down the screen from top, just like in Android.

2. Integrated Skype

skype

Skype’s Video calling prowess is globally known. On a Windows system, Skype is the default video dialing client on the Windows Phone 8.1. The app is also integrated with Cortana so you can ask Cortana to video call someone from your contacts.

1. Faster Software Updates

windows-phone-update

Microsoft has said that the cycle of the updates delivery will be sped up to one new update every 6-8 months. The OS upgrade will take place every in one or two years. By speeding up the updates process, the company can generate trust in its consumers of a quality product.

Overall, Windows Phone 8.1 update was one of the most advantageous updates over its predecessors. With Microsoft getting into the mobile game and taking its mobile operating system seriously, it will be interesting to see how the market treats it. With the promise of frequent updates, Windows Phone can surely attract enthusiasts first who are bored of the usual iOS and Android fare. There is a need for a third alternative in the OS market and Windows seems like a good option as it is backed by one of the biggest tech giants. The more attention given to the OS, more the developers will be interested in creating apps for the system.

Now that the update to the Windows Phone 8.1 is days away, we hope to see it grow and give us viable alternatives in the market.

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Happy Nagashetti
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116 comments
Amit Sharma
Amit Sharma

These are very silly reasons to buy a windows, there are though other good reasons but still not enough for an android user. The apps have increased but still are very buggy. It would be interesting to see when Microsoft will launch their framework using which android developers would be easily able to port their apps to windows phone.

Amit Sharma
Amit Sharma

These are very silly reasons to buy a windows, there are though other good reasons but still not enough for an android user. The apps have increased but still are very buggy. It would be interesting to see when Microsoft will launch their framework using which android developers would be easily able to port their apps to windows phone.

Soumendra Mishra
Soumendra Mishra

Except wp 8/8.1's functionality at 512 mb ram, nothing lies in wp which can compete with android.. Yes, I too believed that Windows could do something but after using kitkat 4.4.2 and wp 8.1, both on a sub 14k phone, just want to say that buying Windows Phone was a mistake. No its not a one day speculation, but usage over 1&1/2 yrs. No decent store apps, no customization, no file transfer of music/videos, no downloading of any file types not supported by wp, app crash in lumia 520, 530, and 620 is definitely there though lag less if compared to 512mb ram enabled android device, too costly devices are a few to name. The apps that are available too, are non the less worst performing compqred to android, due to software limitations of wp, even battery apps don't update in less than 20 min. intervals. The facebook apps are ridiculously slow and irritating, no opera/ chrome/ Firefox or any decent browsers. Large html5 based pages are bound to crash, no radio in 620, no equalizer in 520. To compare office apps, androids kingsoft and quick office are definitely there, and if youre addicted to ms, you have ms office now on android too. Skype is available on android from before wp !!. Final verdict : If MS enjoys its closed ecosystem status, leave alone 8.1 update, 9, 10, 11, 12 ... won't give the same experience as android. And who wants to chat to a fu**ing phone, go chat to your girlfriend instead , for the rest of the things manually setting an alarm is definitely tons better than repenting buying a wp and putting up a fake smile !

Soumendra Mishra
Soumendra Mishra

Except wp 8/8.1's functionality at 512 mb ram, nothing lies in wp which can compete with android.. Yes, I too believed that Windows could do something but after using kitkat 4.4.2 and wp 8.1, both on a sub 14k phone, just want to say that buying Windows Phone was a mistake. No its not a one day speculation, but usage over 1&1/2 yrs. No decent store apps, no customization, no file transfer of music/videos, no downloading of any file types not supported by wp, app crash in lumia 520, 530, and 620 is definitely there though lag less if compared to 512mb ram enabled android device, too costly devices are a few to name. The apps that are available too, are non the less worst performing compqred to android, due to software limitations of wp, even battery apps don't update in less than 20 min. intervals. The facebook apps are ridiculously slow and irritating, no opera/ chrome/ Firefox or any decent browsers. Large html5 based pages are bound to crash, no radio in 620, no equalizer in 520. To compare office apps, androids kingsoft and quick office are definitely there, and if youre addicted to ms, you have ms office now on android too. Skype is available on android from before wp !!. Final verdict : If MS enjoys its closed ecosystem status, leave alone 8.1 update, 9, 10, 11, 12 ... won't give the same experience as android. And who wants to chat to a fu**ing phone, go chat to your girlfriend instead , for the rest of the things manually setting an alarm is definitely tons better than repenting buying a wp and putting up a fake smile !

Anuraj J Pillai
Anuraj J Pillai

I started using Symbian..android .iOS and now into windows and I'm not finding I'm in a deserted land or there is any dearth of apps.consider this official app of Irctc is only available in wp8..and so many quality apps..and if someone wants to argue., I still do have at least one device running each major Os with me now...and yes I used maemo and webos too

Anuraj J Pillai
Anuraj J Pillai

I started using Symbian..android .iOS and now into windows and I'm not finding I'm in a deserted land or there is any dearth of apps.consider this official app of Irctc is only available in wp8..and so many quality apps..and if someone wants to argue., I still do have at least one device running each major Os with me now...and yes I used maemo and webos too

Er Gagandeep Singh
Er Gagandeep Singh

ahm i doubt that viplove seth i played asphault 8 spiderman and modern combat4 on my lumia 720 and without any problem the fact is android is a resource hungry ecosystem and it require huge processing power on the other hand windows is smooth at a below power hardware does your job even 512mb ram is good enough to do all your tasks...best thing no malwares or viruses...one other benifit of windows 8.1 is excelent camera interface + very good editing apps android also have those apps but the fact is windows is alot more easier and smoother

Er Gagandeep Singh
Er Gagandeep Singh

ahm i doubt that viplove seth i played asphault 8 spiderman and modern combat4 on my lumia 720 and without any problem the fact is android is a resource hungry ecosystem and it require huge processing power on the other hand windows is smooth at a below power hardware does your job even 512mb ram is good enough to do all your tasks...best thing no malwares or viruses...one other benifit of windows 8.1 is excelent camera interface + very good editing apps android also have those apps but the fact is windows is alot more easier and smoother

Er Gagandeep Singh
Er Gagandeep Singh

may be may be not but i can guarenty thatwindows 8.1 does your daily taskes better than android dont judge windows phone on windows 7.8 ir even 8 judge windows 8.1 its miles ahead

Er Gagandeep Singh
Er Gagandeep Singh

may be may be not but i can guarenty thatwindows 8.1 does your daily taskes better than android dont judge windows phone on windows 7.8 ir even 8 judge windows 8.1 its miles ahead

Er Gagandeep Singh
Er Gagandeep Singh

windows 8.1 does each and every job and that too better than android live tiles are really awesome and i dont think their is an app on android store as good as bing news

Er Gagandeep Singh
Er Gagandeep Singh

windows 8.1 does each and every job and that too better than android live tiles are really awesome and i dont think their is an app on android store as good as bing news

Viplove Seth
Viplove Seth

But not everyone can afford a Lumia 1020! (the WP with 1GB ram to level up to android at PAR)..... Rests my case for android phones affordability! so far as android is concerned, It does have Both cortana And Siri Like apps.... . P.S. : Even Phones like lumia 720 worth 18k cannot compete with even half of android playstore.....

Viplove Seth
Viplove Seth

But not everyone can afford a Lumia 1020! (the WP with 1GB ram to level up to android at PAR)..... Rests my case for android phones affordability! so far as android is concerned, It does have Both cortana And Siri Like apps.... . P.S. : Even Phones like lumia 720 worth 18k cannot compete with even half of android playstore.....

SunilReddy
SunilReddy

NirmalSingh and in the real world as if you were using the ms office, cortana, and hellya screw with cortana too

epynic
epynic

SunilReddy epynic i knw,, but it feels great to own a OPO.. :P

SunilReddy
SunilReddy

NirmalSingh ShantanuGharat a real android fan boy who doesn't know anything about it regardless to say there were typing mistakes in uoir comment NirmalSingh

SunilReddy
SunilReddy

epynic hahaha 3 updates means unstable and non reliable os hahahaha

Aditya Krishna Koka
Aditya Krishna Koka

can anyone say why it is difficult to update in lumia 620 through OTA

Aditya Krishna Koka
Aditya Krishna Koka

can anyone say why it is difficult to update in lumia 620 through OTA

epynic
epynic

haahaa.. faster updates :P ,, my onePlus One got 3 Updated in 15 Days.. :) 

SunilReddy
SunilReddy

@epynic hahaha 3 updates means unstable and non reliable os hahahaha

epynic
epynic

haahaa.. faster updates :P ,, my onePlus One got 3 Updated in 15 Days.. :)

Amey Shetye
Amey Shetye

Is Instagram available on windows now? Or still in beta version? What about games? When I was using a windows phone back in April 2013 I felt as if I was on a deserted island..even Utorrent wasn't fully functional .. How's the situation now?

Amey Shetye
Amey Shetye

Is Instagram available on windows now? Or still in beta version? What about games? When I was using a windows phone back in April 2013 I felt as if I was on a deserted island..even Utorrent wasn't fully functional .. How's the situation now?

Kreacher10
Kreacher10

Socrateszero iGyaan So true, I am referring to the comments by Socrateszero

sangeethsudevan
sangeethsudevan

i like windows os...but there updating method is hell....i hav been waiting for the wp 8.1 update for some time now ...were as lower end mobile got it faster y not mine


sangeethsudevan
sangeethsudevan

i like windows os...but there updating method is hell....i hav been waiting for the wp 8.1 update for some time now ...were as lower end mobile got it faster y not mine

0_dinesharma
0_dinesharma

Please Consider this Comment Important. Mix radio was the best thing windows phone. and now ... god know what will happen.

0_dinesharma
0_dinesharma

Please Consider this Comment Important. Mix radio was the best thing windows phone. and now ... god know what will happen.

0_dinesharma
0_dinesharma

Biggest Drop-back .... Because of @Microsoft acquiring @Nokia , resulting in no #Mixradio Recharge voucher in #India from past 2.5 Months (I am Tried on all Services Centers and Online) . And we don't even know when it will be. 

HarpreetSingh3
HarpreetSingh3

ShantanuGharat The key knowledge - Haters gonna hate it and lovers gonna love it.. :) :P

Vishal Gangvani
Vishal Gangvani

If u use Android first thn i m sure u like Android not Window

Vishal Gangvani
Vishal Gangvani

If u use Android first thn i m sure u like Android not Window

Vishal Gangvani
Vishal Gangvani

U feeling good in Windows coz first u use Windows not Android

Vishal Gangvani
Vishal Gangvani

U feeling good in Windows coz first u use Windows not Android

ShantanuGharat
ShantanuGharat

pranavjadhav011 ShantanuGharat who will bother to hack a platform...which merely count 8-9% on smartphones...who told you windows don't have security flaws...just fact is that efforts and time to hack windows platform is not worthy....thats why no one is interested in hacking that....!simple...!