Windows Phone 8.1 update now available

As Promised by Microsoft earlier this month, Today Microsoft released Windows Phone 8.1 update for developers. This update include some important features such as Cortana digital assistant, a new notification center, and skinned Tiles for the Start Screen.

Registered Windows Phone developers can now start downloading the update on their devices.
For those who are not a developer, don’t worry there’s still an easy way to get Windows Phone 8.1 before it is officially rolled out. 

You have to visit Windows Phone App Studio site and Register as a developer with App Studio. Then you need to install a special Preview for Developers app from the Windows Store which registers your device and allows you to update from the “phone update” section in settings. There you are with the Latest OS running on your device.

To ensure the best experience, your device must be running the latest OS release (currently 8.0.10322.71) or greater to receive early updates via this program and you will be required to accept additional terms & conditions within the app prior to opt-in.

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But before you update notice that –

  • After you install a preview update, you may void any warranty from your mobile operator and OEM.
  • A preview update only includes the Microsoft portion of the update.
  • You cannot Downgrade to the previous OS version after you have updated your phone to a preview update.

For now, the Cortana digital assistant will be restricted to US only. But, Microsoft promises support for UK and China in the second half of the year, with other countries to follow afterwards in 2015. 
But if you want to use Cortana earlier then you’ll need to set your device to the US region, which will restrict some local functionality depending on your country. 
The developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1 will also not include the custom lock screen support that Microsoft previewed at Build.

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