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Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview Now Available

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Microsoft promised that the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview would be available early this week, and today the company delivered. If you’re a registered developer and you have a developer unlocked device, or one with the Windows Phone Preview for Developers application installed, then you should be able to update by visiting settings and checking for new software. We noticed that it’s live on our Nokia Lumia 1520 this morning.

Windows Phone 8.1 delivers plenty of new features that should excite most mobile users, including tighter Skype integration that allows you to switch right from a phone call to a video call, Microsoft’s brand new Cortana digital assistant that will compete with Siri and Google Now, a new Word Flow keyboard, the ability to customize your home screen even more and, eventually, theme-based lock screens.

This is just a developer preview, so Microsoft will be building on what’s launching today in the coming months. Additionally, you’ll have to wait for the update to hit your carrier first unless you’ve installed the aforementioned Windows Phone Preview for Developers. This is certainly an exciting day for Windows Phone fans, and we hope to bring you more coverage soon.

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