Microsoft officially confirms Windows Phone 8.1 will begin rolling out in June

After many months the latest release is finally at our doorstep, Microsoft will finally begin the process of rolling out the much anticipated Windows Phone 8.1 update. The company will start this lifecycle on the 24th of June where incremental updates will pop up on our screens for the next three years. Of course the first couple will include the much discussed UI changes and AI Cortana, with the rest being primarily security and bug patches. We may see some other smaller features like we did with the Data Sense update for Windows Phone 8 last year.

Microsoft states that your network provider and manufacturer have control over who receives 8.1, and update availability will depend on your hardware capability and country.

Although some Windows Phone users have already updated to the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1, many resisted due to the implications that were entailed. Installing the preview would void warranties for many (if not all) network providers, as well as reported bugs within the operating system when in use. It is also not possible to rollback the update to the well established 8.0 software, which is another negative.

There has been a vast array of news on the operating system, including the Project My Screen application that allows your smartphone to be displayed on a TV, monitor or projector. The latest IE11 for Windows Phone, and the highly intuitive Cortana AI will also be made available. In fact if you want to really see what's going on, we recommend you go check out the Windows Phone 8.1 category to hear all the hype.

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So to sound like and idiot, not hard for me, I understand installing the Dev Preview is not final and that I can "upgrade" to the final release when it's available, but from where? MS? AT&T?

I have a 920 on AT&T so do I get the final release from AT&T? Will I get a message saying it's available and it will overwrite the preview? That would be ideal do to the firmware/drivers. If that's not how it works then I'm not sure I'll do it.

Thanks for answering

bigbas said,
So to sound like and idiot, not hard for me, I understand installing the Dev Preview is not final and that I can "upgrade" to the final release when it's available, but from where? MS? AT&T?

I have a 920 on AT&T so do I get the final release from AT&T? Will I get a message saying it's available and it will overwrite the preview? That would be ideal do to the firmware/drivers. If that's not how it works then I'm not sure I'll do it.

Thanks for answering

You're welcome!

Should have been out 6+ months ago. MS clearly don't understand the importance of features, and just how quickly consumers will learn to hate their featureless products.

I'll be buying a Lumia 625 this week and I really can't wait to update it to 8.1!

Also really looking forward to the Remote Desktop and File manager apps...

When did Microsoft get so awesome??

Dont get too excited before you know the real facts.

The Remote desktop app has an ugly bug that you will immeditately notice if you use glance screen on your nokia (which is quite a big portion of the userbase)

The File manager app is still something that apart from bad-hair-girl-Belfiore nobody else seen in the real world. So lets get back to this topic after it is really released, and we discovered all the limitations and crippled-factor. Getting to know better and better MS' true face behind the PR-bulls**t, I dont have any high expectations for the file manager thing from their kitchen.

Based on past performance, I'm guessing this means I won't see 8.1 on my Nokia 920 via AT&T until sometime in late September.

Hopefully by November (when my contract is up), AT&T will have the Nokia 930 or 1030 flagship phones so I can upgrade.

pmbAustin said,
Based on past performance, I'm guessing this means I won't see 8.1 on my Nokia 920 via AT&T until sometime in late September.

Hopefully by November (when my contract is up), AT&T will have the Nokia 930 or 1030 flagship phones so I can upgrade.

Ouch. That's being conservative, I'd give it until next summer. :p

rfirth said,
Why wait? Just go ahead and do the upgrade today.

Does AT&T cover phones updated outside of their own role out? If not, breaking contract doesn't sound like the wisest thing to do. Still, WP8.1 is pretty awesome. They should have called it 8.5 or 9.0. If AT&T doesnt mind then go for it, its worth it. I have it running on my 920 and its almost flawless. A slow down perhaps once very few days but that is to be expected without the proper firmware.

Ronnet said,

Does AT&T cover phones updated outside of their own role out? If not, breaking contract doesn't sound like the wisest thing to do. Still, WP8.1 is pretty awesome. They should have called it 8.5 or 9.0. If AT&T doesnt mind then go for it, its worth it. I have it running on my 920 and its almost flawless. A slow down perhaps once very few days but that is to be expected without the proper firmware.

No. Upgrading to the dev builds breaks the warranty on the phone.

Why wait? Because I don't want to lose the GLANCE screen or other Nokia enhancements. I'd rather wait until the official release, more bug free, better performing, optimized, etc.

Glance screen works fine in developer preview. Only thing I'm 'missing out on' is setting my region to US (from UK) to use Cortanna.

deadonthefloor said,

Until you install remote desktop universal app.

It will still work after the installation of the remote desktop universal app. All you need to make sure every time you use that sh***y app from MS, you must restart your phone.
Wonder why those blatant idiots at MS still didnt fix this bug in the remote desktop app.

Just because Microsoft states on the support website that Windows Phone 8.1 Life Cycle Start Date will start on 24th June doesn't mean that this is the official release date.

The Life Cycle Start Date for Windows Phone 8 was 14th December 2012 but the OS was actually released on 29th October 2012 and Life Cycle Start Date for Windows Phone 7.8 was on 9th February 2013 with the update being released at the start of January 2013.

So it's feasible that Windows Phone 8.1 could be released before the Life Cycle Start Date but until it's officially confirmed by Joe Belfiore or anyone else at Microsoft no one knows for sure.

That's correct. New phones running WP8.1 are being released soon so the lifecycle start date will cover them. The upgrade rollout to existing customers isn't linked to the LCSD.

No, some new devices with WP8.1 will be released before LCSD starts. Upgrade rollout to existing customers is linked to the LCSD as these are updates and new releases.

Cool, so because my Lumia 920 is not locked to a carrier, and Microsoft is now the manufacturer, here's hoping they don't waste time deploying updates.

Ideas Man said,
Cool, so because my Lumia 920 is not locked to a carrier, and Microsoft is now the manufacturer, here's hoping they don't waste time deploying updates.

Indeed. I imagine the (ex-)Nokia team responsible for the role out has yet to receive new orders from their new overlords. So here is to hoping they'll achieve the same responsiveness to rolling out updates to unbranded Nokia's that they've become known for the past two years.

I recall that when the Developers Preview came out Neowin published a method for ordinary folks to get it. They also insisted it was the final version and there was no reason to to believe the version rolled out by the network providers would be any different. Based on their assurance I installed the Developers Version. Thanks for the misinformation Neowin.

streetw0lf said,
I recall that when the Developers Preview came out Neowin published a method for ordinary folks to get it. They also insisted it was the final version and there was no reason to to believe the version rolled out by the network providers would be any different. Based on their assurance I installed the Developers Version. Thanks for the misinformation Neowin.

At the time it was what was understood to be true. It was later that we found out that there would be additional updates. No one intentionally mislead you.

People just *assumed* that without anybody even suggesting that those are final bits. Yes, it was reasonable to think that those were RTM bits, but that doesn't at all mean that there won't be further updates by GA. Everybody just ignored that second part though and insisted that everything was peachy, despite three obvious things that should have been flagged: firmware isn't updated which is one potential cause of problems, there may well be further polish updates, and apps might encounter problems.

It doesn't take a genius to realize that widely publicizing dummy's guides to installing the dev preview might not have been the best idea.

korupt_one said,
it called a "developer preview" for a reason, why would you assume its the final product?

You're right. Developer preview of Windows 8 wasn't final. Even the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 wasn't final.

streetw0lf said,
.....

It's not misinformation.

The Developer preview could be RTM for Windows Phone 8.1. That is only part of the story. The firmware added by OEMs will be optimized to work with the OS is absent at the moment, but will ship with the consumer update once approved by carriers/OEM.

korupt_one said,
it called a "developer preview" for a reason, why would you assume its the final product?

Because people don't read and like to b***h about things ;-)

I have the Lumia 521, and got this update a few weeks ago. It is a major update and great improvement. And for as useless eye-candyish as it is, I love that you can have a background image behind the tiles. It really makes the phone something that is personal and unique and reflects your personality. Hopefully when the update is out officially, more apps will utilize this cool feature. One app that I use that would benefit is Mint, Here+, and the Nokia Camera.

I have the 521 also and didn't think I'd like the transparent tiles but it works very well. As does having the extra row of tiles. It is a bit tiny using small tiles, but overall helps put more on screen. The action center/notification center is very handy as well as the volume controls.
It was a little sluggish at first, but it has improved.

For Nokia users I'm pretty sure you can roll back to 8.0 using the Nokia Software Recovery Tool.

Haven't tried though as (bugs aside) I'd rather stick with 8.1.

I've rolled back until my WiFi calling issues are resolved. I used the latest Nokia Software Recovery Tool, had zero issues with it.