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Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 review: Major upgrade closes the gap with iOS and Android

Mark Hachman | April 15, 2014
With the Cortana digital assistant and a vibrant new interface, the OS is finally positioned to attract the users and developers it critically needs.

Neither Apple nor Google should be worried that Microsoft's app ecosystem is going to overshadow theirs anytime soon, and that's the remaining challenge for Windows Phone as a platform. But Microsoft now has a firm foundation--a welcoming operating system with enough technical chops to attract both consumers and developers. This is the new reality: Microsoft can finally compete alongside Apple and Google, in what is now a three-way race.


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