Joe Belfiore: Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview is coming next week

Earlier this week, we told you that the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview would be released “in the first part” of this month - because Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore had said so on Twitter.

Today, Joe Belfiore took to Twitter again to let users know that the WP 8.1 developer preview is coming “early next week.” This probably means that the rumored April 14 launch date is accurate after all. So, anyone having a Windows Phone 8 handset will likely be able to update it to WP 8.1 come Monday, or Tuesday. Although this release will be aimed at developers, it can be downloaded and installed by all users.

Those not willing to try the developer preview should know that, according to Microsoft, the final and stable Windows Phone 8.1 update will be available “in the coming months” to all current Windows Phone 8 handsets.

Officially unveiled on April 2, Windows Phone 8.1 comes with important novelties and improvements, including Cortana (Microsoft's digital personal assistant), UI redesigns, Action Center, dual SIM support, Internet Explorer 11, and more.

source: Twitter



23. arturmeireles

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Where can I register as a developer so I can get the update on April 14?

26. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

sign in with your Microsoft account here in order to register then download this app on your windows phone then open the app on your phone and sign in

16. Penny

Posts: 1880; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Sweet, can't wait! Although usually, I look forward to new releases with excitement and then just kind go "meh" a few days later. Really only so much time you want to spend on your phone anyway. Just happy that Microsoft has this Developer Preview system going. It's like an opt in "Nexus" program for those that want to think about it in Android terms. You get the latest stock builds OTA from Microsoft directly.

6. boomboom

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Confused which one to buy. L930 or z2.?

7. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

L930 if you want to give WP a try and if you want a smooth and fast phone with a great camera. If you want to customise the hell out of your phone and want it to be waterproof, the Z2. :D

8. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Well, there won't be any problems with performance on either of them, they'll both be very smooth and responsive. The Lumia 930 will probably take better pictures, and has OIS. It's also much smaller while having a similar screen size, so it'll be easier to handle without leaving you wanting for screen real estate. The Z2 has front facing stereo speakers and is water/dust proof. It has a great camera, but lacks OIS. It has an extra GB of RAM, but it won't be that noticeable in real usage. Android has more features and Sony's UI adds more to it, but you'll have to deal with delayed updates, unless you're into rooting and using custom ROMs. WP has more unified updates and is more consistent in it's design than Sony's custom UI, but it's lacking in it's feature set and ecosystem, and it'll be a while until it's fully caught up with Android. Choose what matters to you most out of these, and you'll have your answer.

12. papss unregistered

Well said!! I agree with all of those statements.

14. SleepingOz unregistered

How do you know the 930 will take better pictures? The Z2 has actually dethroned the 1020. Check DXO Mark review.

15. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It also says the 1020 is worse than the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5S. I don't find that very credible, considering the Lumia 1020 was placed on top of the smartphone camera world by literally every tech site except for DXO Mark. So, I feel like their "tests" should be left out.

22. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

its one of the best out there and it is almost a year old.....the only thing lacking is its takes so much longer for the next shot.....u are kinda blind if u say it is the worse.....may b ur saying this coz u have seen 5mp shots of the camera s4 is so much bad indoor....and there is when 1020 shine....i would say they both area the best for outdoor sunny day :)

21. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I never said that the 930 will take better pics than the Z2. And I don't find DXO Mark's review credible.

4. adwienc

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

L925 still the sexiest smartphone

10. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

N8 or E7, X7, N9 and 930. Are sexiest too.

3. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

So everyone is a developer here eh?

5. papss unregistered

No and you don't have to be. You can sign up for free if you have the right phone

17. Penny

Posts: 1880; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Works with any phone from what I understand. Very easy to sign up to, only takes like 5-10 minutes to register.

18. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2365; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Share a sign up link ;) . I too, wanna register as a DEV

20. Penny

Posts: 1880; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

First, sign up as a Dev with "Windows Phone App Studio" (free). Not sure if we're allowed to post links here, but it is, or you can just do a Google search for it. Use your Microsoft (Outlook/hotmail) account to sign up. Second, download the "Preview for Developers" app on your Windows Phone. Launch it, sign in using your Microsoft account, and just make sure to check the box that says "Enable Preview for Developers." That's it, you'll be signed up now and will receive your early updates like you normally do, in the Phone Update section of your phone's Settings.

24. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Note everyone,If you have a free account on the appstudio, you can only download the dev preview on 1 device.

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It allowed me to download it on a htc 8x and 925 with the same account login.

2. papss unregistered

Me either❕❕❕ ill be getting it

1. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Can't wait for the update! :D

9. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

everyone has registered as dev to get this update :p

13. Damo579

Posts: 268; Member since: May 18, 2013

I know I did

19. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

Registered since GDR3 and now can't wait to get the update for my Yellow Lumia 1520!!

11. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I can't wait to get 930....I guess I have to wait around 4 months.

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