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Windows Phone 8.1 "developer" rush takes down App Studio

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Windows Phone 8.1
Today has been a big day for Windows Phone. The developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1 has been released, and Microsoft has made it quite easy for non-developers to get their hands on the software, if they want. Unfortunately, the ease of getting Windows Phone 8.1 has caused a rush which has taken down Microsoft's App Studio.

As we told you earlier, all you have to do to get the update now is to sign up as a developer at the App Studio website, then download the Preview for Developers app, and you should be good to go. But, it seems that because so many pseudo-developers have been heading to the App Studio to sign up, the site has been failing all morning. We have been checking the site periodically since about 9AM EST, and the site only just now (~12PM EST) let us complete a sign up. 

This kind of failure doesn't bode well for new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's plans for the Windows Azure platform to be the cloud of choice, but it does prove that Microsoft has made the right choices with the Windows Phone 8.1 update. If there is enough demand to take down a Microsoft site, there have to be quite a lot of people that want to test out Cortana right now. 

source: App Studio

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posted on 14 Apr 2014, 11:21 8

1. papss (unregistered)


I've been trying this morning too.. I'll keep plugging away at it

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 11:29 10

2. tigermcm (Posts: 727; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


this update........AWESOME I feel it should be wp8.5 or wp9 but I understand why its called 8.1

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 11:32 2

3. elitewolverine (Posts: 1709; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Swipe left and right is nice for is

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 12:11 2

4. pookiewood (Posts: 607; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


You mean for IE11 right? So glad they added that!! Ever since I got my DV8P I've been mistakenly doing that on my phone with nothing happening. HAHA! Great addition!

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 13:32

10. elitewolverine (Posts: 1709; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


yup meant IE. Also the new reading mode is awesome for ie. Basically when you are on a webpage and you are having a hard time, and the book is next to the refresh circle, press the book it gives a text readout for easier view.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 22:42

20. pookiewood (Posts: 607; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Yeah reading mode is pretty awesome.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 12:17 2

5. james004 (Posts: 477; Member since: 15 May 2013)


i did it by mistake and figured it out.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 12:23 3

6. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 207; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


The gears are spinning. So close lol.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 12:32

7. papss (unregistered)


The gears scare me because I've had many bricked wp in the past

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 13:31

9. Penny (Posts: 1192; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Was at gears for 20-30 minutes. Just be patient and give it time to work, it is something like a 500mb OS update.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 13:08

8. pookiewood (Posts: 607; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Just hold and cross your fingers. My 620 went faster than my 920 but I think that's because I have more stored on my 920.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 13:37 2

11. Penny (Posts: 1192; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Glad I happened to be up at 4:00 am PST when this preview launched. Was able to download at 4:01 am before the rush came in.

Everything is working well. Cortana is better than I expected, and more improvements have been made than I expected. Nobody really spent much time talking about all the small changes that make an actual difference in every day use prior to this release, so there is a lot I am pleased about with this update.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 14:09

12. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


More developers then users on WP, yeah lol ok.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 14:18

13. Popeye1 (Posts: 6; Member since: 14 Mar 2014)


Glad to download it before the rush

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 14:26

14. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1098; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Looks like Windows phone fans and users are not going to nice and wait for the update. I might take the plunge myself because of all the good reviews thibes update brings to Windows smart phones and guess what more are on the way. That the way to go Microsoft keep those updates coming. I think Microsoft should do it like they did Windows 7 and windows 8 which was set up some servers and just offer the Developers preview to all unless you cannot upgrade to the final version when it's available.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 15:12 3

15. MrSilver (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


I'm sure Microsoft practices setting limits on VMs & Servers, but this issue specifically hung up on the App Studio / MS Acct login portal. Seems GTG now!

This was absolutely worth the effort, and has surprised me in how noticable a change the updates have brought to WP.

Windows Phone is now ready for primetime! FTW!

-Nokia 1020

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 15:44 6

16. Liveitup (Posts: 1326; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Best OS just got even better.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 18:28 5

17. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I couldn't have said it better myself... My 1520 is now benching 2nd to the highest on Benchmark OS. My 1520 has received the silver medal with a overall score of 1100.. Only the Z2 beats the 1520.. The GS3 is way, way behind.... I can honesty say that the 1520 is now the best phone on the market... Credit hasn't been given to all of the performance optimizations done underhood to WP8.1.. What a surprise!... But, I'm not really surprised.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 18:29 5

18. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I meant the GS5 is far behind...

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 23:47

21. express77 (unregistered)


sounds great but you could have just edited your comment. and is there any restrictions left which were in wp8. waiting to get a new midrange wp8.1 phone soon as i cant afford flagship. btw why are you appearing so less on PA?

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 01:53

22. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2043; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


The Lumia 630/635 will suit you well. :D

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 04:24

24. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)


Only thing missing is non-signed apps and I'll switch over without hestitation. Waiting on the new 64 bit chips so hoping MS changes their policy in time for me to switch.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 20:53 2

19. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1947; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Just updated it!! Awesome

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 02:05

23. sbw44 (Posts: 396; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Why is it that everytime I ask Cortana something she brings up a bing search instead of talking? When I ask her the stuff I saw on videos like “Tell me a joke” Instead of telling me one she brings up a bing search?

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 04:26

25. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)


Cortana is a corny geek in the games too.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 05:58

27. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1947; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Its still in beta......

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 05:39 1

26. SIGPRO (Posts: 465; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Yes got the update yesterday on my 1020, tonight i am going to update my 1520 :)

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