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It is Friday, and as we all eagerly wait for the Xbox Music app update (fingers crossed), we figured it is time for our weekly poll.

This week's poll is a hot topic: Cortana and local accents.

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that Cortana is heading to China and the UK as 'betas.' This expansion means they work, but they are missing some features too, which is not controversial. What is controversial is the choice for voicing.

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Did you already pre-order the Surface Pro 3?

Microsoft made the Surface Pro 3 official yesterday. It’s a beautiful new tablet that aims to replace your laptop. We’ve got two loaner devices from Microsoft and will have a lot more content coming. In the meantime we need to remind you all that you can pre-order your Surface Pro 3 today and get it on June 20. Also, we want to know if you pre-ordered. Take our poll after the break!

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Will you purchase Microsoft's new Surface Pro 3?

Microsoft today announced the Surface Pro 3, a new Windows tablet with startling upgrades on its predecessors, at the company's event in New York City. We're interested as to whether or not there's interest in such a powerful machine, which is targeting not only tablet owners, but laptop consumers too. Whether it's the high resolution display or the new pen, there's a lot to like about the new tablet.

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Yesterday, Foursquare released a much needed update for Windows Phone users. Besides fixing a notification bug, Foursquare added Lens support. Lenses are a Windows Phone unique feature that puts camera apps within the camera for relatively quick access. While the Foursquare one seems a bit odd (it just launches the app), others can be quite useful.

First introduced in Windows Phone 8.0, Lenses seemed like they could be a ‘big thing’ on the OS. However, we’ve found ourselves using them less and less, instead relying on post-editing or using Nokia’s apps directly. But that’s us, so we’re curious if you still use them, or have they become a kind of novelty?

Take our poll below and kick off in comments a discussion about Lenses, including how they can be approved or if Microsoft should just abandon the model.

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Thanks to the Preview for Developers program we’ve been playing with Windows Phone 8.1 for more than three days. It’s been very well received by most everyone in the community. Now it’s time to check out how your battery is doing after upgrading from Windows Phone 8.0 to Windows Phone 8.1. Has your battery life improved or taken a turn for the worst? Maybe is it just the same as it was before. Let’s find out.

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Today was a very busy day when at 7 am EST the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers went live. That allowed those with developer accounts (pro tip: anyone can become one) to download and install Windows Phone 8.1 on their device. Take a moment to let us know if you upgraded your smartphone from Windows Phone 8 to Windows Phone 8.1 if you’re not busy playing with Cortana.

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It's finally here, folks. Well, almost anyway. Windows Phone 8.1 has officially been announced by Microsoft, further improving on the experience offered to consumers since 2010. You've got a notification & action center, Internet Explorer 11, more sound and volume options, as well as other exciting new features.

We're interested to hear your thoughts on the presentation.

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We are now less than a week from officially seeing Windows Phone 8.1 for the first time. The unveiling is happening next week at Microsoft’s Build conference in San Francisco. Not only do we get to see the new mobile operating system from Microsoft, but Nokia is expected to announce two new Windows Phone 8.1 devices – the Lumia 630 (Moneypenny) and the Lumia 930 (Martini).

We’ve seen quite a bit of Windows Phone 8.1 over the past few weeks. Generally we’ve seen the Windows Phone community pleased and excited about all the upcoming changes. But there’s one feature that has a lot of you divided. That’s the new Start screen on Windows Phone 8.1. We’ve all wanted a little more customization options for the part of Windows Phone we spend a lot of time looking at. Microsoft is adding background image support, but in a way not a lot of people expected. Do you like it?

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Our friends over at Android Central have a brand new phone to play with. It’s the 2014 edition of the HTC One (M8). We just checked out their review and we’ll admit we’re a little jealous. We love the playful colors of the Lumia handsets, but we wouldn’t mind seeing more Windows Phones with metal finishes. Which is why we think we’d love a device like the HTC One with Windows Phone 8.1. What about you?

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Earlier today we reported that the Surface 2 with LTE has begun to arrive at select Microsoft Stores for an impending launch.  The Surface 2 with LTE shipments are starting to arrive at Stores in order to build up inventory for an imminent launch. Here in the United States the Surface 2 with LTE will work on AT&T’s network, while abroad you’ll be using Vodafone. The option to hop to the internet without Wi-Fi or tethering is definitely appealing. But we’re wondering how the majority of you all connect to the internet on your tablet.

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Last night, Microsoft inadvertently leaked Windows 8.1 Update 1 on its own Windows Update servers. They’ve since pulled the links, but you can find the update mirrored on various file sharing websites. A lot of you were fast and were able to update a few of your Windows 8.1 machines to Update 1. Now we’re curious what you think about the new changes.

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Mobile World Congress is in full-swing over in Barcelona. We’re not expecting big news on the Windows Phone front. Instead we’ll get smaller announcements. The big announcements for new smartphones are coming from the likes of Samsung and Sony. Devices that are running Android. Even though they’re running an OS most of you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot stick, they are compelling hardware. Which of the newly announced phones running Android would you take if they had Windows Phone instead?

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Today has been rather interesting with all the reporting on new features in Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft's next major update for its mobile platform. While the release itself is not expected to be announced until the company's Build 2014 conference in April, we've already seen some of the features likely to be included.

Since this update includes many features and changes requested by consumers, we're interested in hearing your thoughts on what has been covered thus far.

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Last Thursday Nokia had a very, very busy day. Not only did they start rolling out the Lumia Black update, but they introduced folders to Windows Phone via their App Folders application. It was received with mix results, mostly because it’s more or less a shortcut to apps and settings versus a native folder solution. Either way, we’re starting to get reports of random resets after users installed the app. Are you among them?

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Pouch is a popular Pocket client for Windows Phone. You may recall earlier this month of a Windows Phone Central contest where we asked our talented community to come up with a new logo for the app. We've received some superb designs on our community forum and the time has now come for a winner to be selected, which is where we require your assistance yet again.

Head on past the break to see our shortlist and choose your favourite design.

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Last year, Windows Phone 8 infamously launched without the ability to watch your content from Xbox Video. It was a sore point of contention when Windows Phone fans would argue the overall strengths of the Microsoft ecosystem. Earlier today, Microsoft finally launched a dedicated app for Xbox Video (and surprised us with a new app for Xbox Music). So, how are you liking it?  

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