Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview release expected for 'early next week'

Microsoft pulled the curtains from Windows Phone 8.1 at the Build 2014 developer conference last week, though an exact release date for the update wasn't revealed. While rumors circulated that a preview would be released to developers today, that turned out wrong.

Joe Belfiore, leader of Windows Phone program management, tweeted an implication today that the developer preview should arrive "early next week," which aligns with a document revealed to Neowin indicating an April 14 completion date for the update.

Thanks to Microsoft's Windows Phone Preview for Developers program, any user can obtain Windows Phone 8.1 for his or her personal smartphone. The only requirement to enter the program is a free developer account, and a user doesn't have to actually publish an app.

Manufacturers should begin releasing devices with Windows Phone 8.1 soon as well, though users without developer accounts will likely have to wait a while longer before their carriers roll the update out. Several major U.S. carriers, such as AT&T and Verizon, are known for releasing updates well after they've been officially released. Some devices, such as T-Mobile's Lumia 810, will never receive the update from their carriers, meaning users will have to join the Preview for Developers program to obtain Windows Phone 8.1.

Source: Joe Belfiore (Twitter)

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A quick question guys, if anything happen, will i able to restore back to Lumia Black firmware? same as most of you, i'm eager to get this update asap :)

Wow, i just google the Developer Preview, How to Register my phone..looks like i have to download many things, that SDK 8.0 file size, too many version..can someone guide me on how to do this thing properly please? :p What to download? SDK 8.0? Emulator? i dont know which one..hurm

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Geoffrey B. said,
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I would love to try the wordflow too.

For me the killer feature is geofencing. I have a geofencing app I intended to write a long time ago and gave up because I'm lazy and would have to write too much code myself.

Plus, Universal project. Being able to have even more shared code between W8.1/WP8.1 than the PCL method is a big bonus to me.

Pilot be advised. #TitanFall in one week.

Eagerly awaiting this update. From the BUILD conference news and leaks all along the way, it looks to be more of a solid contender and breath new life into my HTC 8X.

Considering I only got Lumia Black in the last week I'm not even gonna watch the clock for this one.

I know I could do the Dev thing but I'd rather get it through official channels.

protocol7 said,
Considering I only got Lumia Black in the last week I'm not even gonna watch the clock for this one.

I know I could do the Dev thing but I'd rather get it through official channels.

The Dev thing is straight from Microsoft. How much more official can you get?

I know, but the Dev program does warn that it may void the warranty with my carrier.

Plus Nokia probably have other stuff that they'd bundle along with it.

protocol7 said,
I know, but the Dev program does warn that it may void the warranty with my carrier.

Plus Nokia probably have other stuff that they'd bundle along with it.

You'll get the Nokia firmware when it becomes available. Using the dev program, doesn't stop you from getting firmware updates. Also they say that about the warranty, but it's extremely unlikely that something will happen to your device. Even if it does, Nokia would likely be able to help you directly, if your carrier can't.

you'll still get the nokia stuff when they publish and your carrier ticks of, but in the meantime you get the new features.

Cant think of any time I've ever had to use the warranty of a phone, insurance has been used a lot (cracked screens etc.) but never warranty.

I signed up for the dev thing when it was first launched but got put off thinking I also had to dev enable my phone. Turns out that's not needed. Just get the app and sign in.

Guess I won't be left waiting this time around.

protocol7 said,
I signed up for the dev thing when it was first launched but got put off thinking I also had to dev enable my phone. Turns out that's not needed. Just get the app and sign in.

Guess I won't be left waiting this time around.


Glad you changed your mind. You were about to sacrifice a major amount of significant OS changes, updates and additions for months all for no reason.

protocol7 said,
... I know I could do the Dev thing but I'd rather get it through official channels.

You do know the "Dev thing" is from Microsoft, right? So you can't get a cleaner version than that. Avoiding the carriers and OEMs crappy apps on top of it

vhaakmat said,

You do know the "Dev thing" is from Microsoft, right? So you can't get a cleaner version than that. Avoiding the carriers and OEMs crappy apps on top of it

The OEM stuff from Nokia is not crap though, plus this is where drivers live so optimisations come from the OEM firmware mainly, its not crucial but it is important.

so you can get the OS update direct from ms and wait for the OEM firmware stuff as its approved.

finally the carriers add little things like answer phone settings, mobile settings (forwarding etc) on top of any apps they want to add (for ee its the account management app and nothing more).

we're not talking android here ;)