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Microsoft is now rolling out Windows Phone 8.1 update for Developers

windows-phone-8.1-update-promptAccording to a leaked confidential email by Microsoft to its Windows Phone partners, Microsoft had plans to start rolling out developer version of Windows Phone 8.1 starting from April 14. And now, as promised, the software giant confirmed the software update that being rolled out.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone Program Management Chief, Joe Belfiore confirmed the firmware update by tweeting with a screenshot of update prompt. Meanwhile, this final build of the Windows Phone 8.1 software update is meant for developers only.


Prior to downloading the original build, users has to download and install another small update to prepare the handset. As the developers version is out now, consumer could expect to receive the update in few weeks. Nokia Lumia 630 could be the first device to come with the WP 8.1 out of the box by this month end or next month’s first week.

If you are so desperate to try the latest software on your device, you have to register as a developer at Microsoft by paying $19 as a fee. Once after registering with them, you will have the access to publish your own WP apps in their store. You could also register yourselves at App Studio, which not only give you the Developer status, but also let you install the developer version of the update.

Microsoft’s most awaited WP 8.1 update brings many features and tweaks to supported handsets, such as Siri-like voice assistant Cortana, new updated user interface, Action Center, tile backgrounds, customizable lock screens, latest Internet Explorer 11 browser, security updates as well as updated Sense applications. You could see the leaked screenshots of new features of the Windows Phone 8.1 in this post.

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