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Windows Phone 8.1 was released as a Developer Preview today

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It’s finally here. Windows Phone 8.1 is now available to download for those in the Preview for Developers program. Windows Phone 8.1 is the next big version of Windows Phone that introduces new features like voice assistant Cortana, a notification center, automatic app updates, VPN support and much more.

Even if you’re not really a developer you can join the Preview for Developers to get Windows Phone 8.1 today. Every handset running Windows Phone 8 in the wild now is capable of the upgrade. Here’s how to get Window Phone 8.1.

To get Windows Phone 8.1 today you’re going to need to be a developer. That doesn’t mean you need to actually understand a single line of code or how it works. Today everyone is a developer, so long as you can follow simple instructions.

  • Sign up to be a Windows Phone developer at for free using the Microsoft account associated with your phone.
  • Get the Preview for Developers app from the Windows Phone Store (QR code below).
  • Run the app and sign in with your Microsoft account.
  • Check for updates (Settings > Phone update > Check for updates) and download/install any that are available. You’ll have an update to download and install before Windows Phone 8.1 shows up if you’re downloading the Preview for Developers program for the first time.

That’s the abridged version of joining the Preview for Developers program.

Source: Associated Press.



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This entry was posted on April 14, 2014 by in Microsoft, Smartphone and tagged , , .
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