Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview has released to heaps of praise. Yet it's not enough to convince users to switch to the platform. Messaging, performance, regional support and mailbox management are areas to improve.
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Hardware specs = irrelevant. OS features = meh. Useful apps available = everything. Microsoft needs to liberate its cash hoard and get the same critical apps available to iOS and Android users as soon as possible.
Mobile OS version numbers illustrate the difference between Apple's understanding of consumer desires versus Microsoft's techie mentality in announcing Windows Phone 7.8.