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Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview Releases “Early Next Week”


Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8.1 during its BUILD developer conference earlier this month, and we can’t wait to check it out. At first, it was a little unclear as to when the company planned to release the update for developers. First Microsoft said it should hit sometime this week, then rumors suggested April 14 was the launch date, and then Microsoft just said early April.

Now, the company’s Windows Phone lead Joe Belfiore has clarified a bit more on Twitter. “Yowza, you’re going nuts [for] WP8.1 dev preview,” he tweeted on Thursday. “Everyone relax thru weekend, check in early next week. Enjoy Win8.1 update, write apps!” The latter part of that tweet is suggesting folks play with Windows 8.1 to tide them over for the mobile release, and the former part suggests that Microsoft is indeed going to push out the update early next week — perhaps on April 14 as earlier reports suggested.

There’s a lot to be excited for. Windows Phone 8.1 finally adds a proper notification shade, the Cortana voice assistant, new home and lock screen customizations and tighter Skype integration. If you want to be the first on your  block with it installed, find out how you can get it on release day for free by following our step-by-step guide.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...