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Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1: Download The Dev Preview Now

Windows Phone 8.1 is still rolling out to some phones, but Microsoft detailed the very first update to Windows Phone 8.1 last week, and that version is finally rolling out to developers with the Windows Phone Developer Preview application installed today. There are a ton of new features that will help make the operating system even more competitive, and we hope Microsoft keeps this pattern of quick updates going.

As we already know, Windows Phone 8.1 adds features like app folders to the home screen, which allows you to better organize the applications that you use most. There’s also support for Cortana in new parts of the world, like the U.K. and China where the software is launching in beta, and Australia, India and Canada in Alpha form. Xbox Music is being updated with background sync, and there are other smaller additions like improved SMS management tweaks, some changes to Kid’s Corner and more.

We’ve already detailed how to get up and running with the Windows Phone Developer Preview program — it’s super easy to do – so be sure to read our guide before getting started.

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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...

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