And the day has finally come. Microsoft is officially rolling out Windows Phone 8.1 operating system update starting today. If you own a Nokia handset, fret not, as the Lumia Cyan update will also be seeding out now.

Windows Phone 8.1, though is a point update, but sports several enticing features, chief among them is voice assistant service Cortana, Action and Notification center, ability to add an extra column of tiles on the Start screen and more.


Now, it should be noted that while the update becomes available today, how long will it take to reach your handset depends on your carrier and handset maker. History suggests that Nokia will start rolling out the update to its high-end devices — Nokia Lumia 1020, Lumia 1520, Lumia Icon and others first, then gradually come to other phones such as Lumia 720, Lumia 520 etc.

Nokia handset owners will be getting Lumia Cyan update, which bundles the Windows Phone 8.1 updates with Nokia’s exclusive features. Some of these features include Enhanced Nokia Camera, Storyteller app, and the new Nokia Devices Hub.

Windows Phone 8.1 brings a plethora of features, including a new keyboard app that supports swipe and gestures, much like Swift Keyboard for Android, it also brings WiFi sense, a feature that makes it easy to manage Wifi settings, Video and Podcast apps, Internet Explorer 11 and more. You can read the complete set of features here.

To check for the update, you can go to Settings -> Software Update -> and tap to check if your device is ready to receive the update just yet. As previously noted, the Lumia Cyan update could take a few weeks to be ready for your device. You can check the availability page to know when the update is available in your region and for your handset.

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