Last week, Microsoft announced the features of Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, the next iteration to its mobile operating system. As promised, the company has started rolling out the said update to developer preview users.

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The update brings along a plethora of features, chief among them are Live Folders, Cortana in new regions — including China, India and Australia, native support for several more screen resolution and a gamut of network enhancements. Besides that, we will also have improvements in Xbox Music, an app called Apps Corner, improvements in SMS app among others. You can read the most important features of Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 here.

How to get Windows Phone 8.1 Preview Developer on your phone

To snag the update, you need to head out to Settings > Phone Update > tap to check for update. Microsoft has also confirmed that users with Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview who weren’t able to snag the final Windows Phone 8.1 release or Lumia Cyan update (for Lumia users) will also be able to get the update on their handsets.

While Microsoft is yet to confirm that the update which is currently seeding out is indeed Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, several users and tipsters have been sharing screenshots that show version number “8.10.14147.180”, which is reportedly bringing Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 features.

For those wondering how to snag the update. Any handset running on Windows Phone 8 and higher will be able to receive the update. And while Microsoft officially makes it available only for the developers, others can also get the update with a simple way around.

  1.  To get the update, first of all go to App Studio, by signing with the same Microsoft (outlook / Live) account you use on your Windows Phone.
  2. Install the Preview for Developers app on your handset. You can grab it from here.
  3. Provide the app with the same login credentials.
  4. Tick the Enable Preview for Developers option.
  5. Go to Settings > Phone update ? tick to check for new updates.

You can read more about it — including downsides of getting this update  here.


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Manish is pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering but spends more time in writing about technology. He has written for a number of Indian and international publications including BetaNews, BGR India, WinBeta, MakeTechEasier, MediaNama, and Digit magazine among others. When not writing, you would find him ranting about the state of digital journalism on Twitter.