Windows Phone 8.1 gets another update ahead of full launch

Amid all the craziness that’s being unleashed at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Microsoft decided to do a silent release of a new version of Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview.

The new build bumps the OS to 8.10.12393.890 though the changes involved aren’t mentioned anywhere. This is the second such update the mobile OS has received and we’re likely looking at more bug fixes ahead of the expected public launch of Windows Phone 8.1 this month.

Some were also hoping this update might bring Cortana availability to the UK, as Microsoft had teased recently. The company’s digital assistant is only available officially in the US but the service is expected to jump the pond to the United Kingdom in the not-too-distant future.

Your Windows Phones will notify you about the update when they periodically check Microsoft’s servers but if you can’t wait you can head over to Settings, tap on Phone Update and then Check for updates. The whole process takes about 10 minutes.

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Okay, guess it's time to try this again... By the time they switch back to my regular keyboard layout I'll probably have gotten used to the qwerty thing... At least it didn't give me an azerty, or I would probably have sold my phone or something...

(~10 minutes later) ... and no, still the wrong keyboard layout. This is starting to annoy me.

My Cortana was broken before the update. Glad the update fixed it. :)
She even reminded this morning that I had to go to work, with a map on the notification showing the route and estimated travel time with the current traffic. That she didn't do before!

Make sure the dev preview app is still installed. I had this issue with the previous update to 8.1, until I realized I did a hard reset. Reinstalled the app, and got the update.

NateB1 said,
Make sure the dev preview app is still installed. I had this issue with the previous update to 8.1, until I realized I did a hard reset. Reinstalled the app, and got the update.

Thanks. It was still installed but I needed to sign in again. All good now

Updated, working great on my 520. Wish that they would get that video app and here transit fixed that will not update (not for me anyway).

Edited by Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jun 3 2014, 4:23pm :

Apparently MS tweaked a very annoying behavior I experienced with my Lumia 720: When I pressed the volume button to bring audio controls and then tap the Next button, it used to change the song and go away too quickly. Now it gives me a little more time to hit Next again, for example.

With my Zune on it's last legs; after looking at a few different mp3 players I purchased a Lumia 521 with a 64GB SDCard to replace it. With Windows Phone 8.1; Microsoft should really consider getting back into the mp3 player game. Imagine the Zune hardware runing Windows Phone 8.1? WOW!!

It randomly restarts at least once a day. It started happening about two years ago when i dropped it and had to get the screen replaced. It's been slowly getting worse since then. But for all I know; it'll probably last another two years the way it's working now.

Well since the 520 works perfectly and has SD card support, in addition to being able to make phone calls, why even bother with reviving Zune.

c.grz said,
Exactly!! Although, I do love my ZuneHD! I will miss it when it finally stops working.

you can nail it to the wall as a reminder

c.grz said,
....

My wife is with you there. So much that she purchased 2x 120GB drives as replacements and a second Zune120 to use for backup.

For her it's local capacity as well as podcast management in the desktop application.

elenarie said,
Well since the 520 works perfectly and has SD card support, in addition to being able to make phone calls, why even bother with reviving Zune.

Zune, the software, is the only thing related to WP7 that I miss. Xbox music and the apps, both the Metro and the desktop ones, to sync W8 and WP8 are horrendous.

Has anyone here updated his or her Lumia 925 to 8.1 yet? Is it worth it or should I just be a good boy and wait for the "official" version from Nokia. The inner nerd within me wants to do it, but common sense says "WAIT FOR IT!"

I updated my 925 and while I'm not head over heels with 8.1. I do feel it's the refinement and polish 8 needed. Being said; I wouldn't go back to 8.

RyPo said,
I updated mine, haven't had any issues since and I can't imagine going back to 8 now.

Ok, thanks. I just updated mine too and so far so good. I might even like it. Runs at least as smooth as the 8.0, in fact, the browser seems even more responsive than before. :-)

Received a used Lumia 520 I bought today, and have updated it to Windows Phone 8.1. Seriously this device is amazing, runs circles around my iPhone 4.

I also got a 520 for $35 and am pretty impressed with it. The screen isn't very good but hey, it's $35. Cheaper than one of those generic phones and it runs the full WP OS smoothly. I can't complain too much. It'll hold me over until the Lumia 1030 comes out.

AppleFanBoy254 said,

Windows Phone 8.1 > Palm OS > Android > iOS

Palm OS was pretty nice. A shame it didn't get traction.

YAYYYY definitely seems more snappier. Hopefully it fixes my battery drain. Many others were saying the previous update fixed theirs, but strangely mine was still happening.

This update isn't very big. something like 21 megabytes. So far the only change people have noticed so far is the boot log changed on some phones.

Got used to it.. changelogs are the past, at least MS started this stupid movement 3-4 years ago. And this madness is not exclusive to consumer grade products, where technical knowledge is less and less assumed. I see this same madness even on their enterprise support site for different server updates:

This update improves the reliability, stability, and performance of <INSERT RANDOM MICROSOFT SERVER PRODUCT NAME HERE>

If I am the person responsible for updating core infrastructure of 10-20.000 users, how the hell am I supposed to make a decision and present the risks to the change-management teams, if thats all the info glorious MS thinks I am worth knowing. Ah ok I know, all of us are directed to their Azure and Office 365 hosted solutions, with the poorer and poorer on-premise product support.

This is dev preview though, so bad example to draw on tbh.

Not saying this never happens in full production software, but this instance is a bad example - if your 10-20,000 employees had the dev preview installed you have bigger fish to fry.

duddit2 said,
This is dev preview though, so bad example to draw on tbh.

Not saying this never happens in full production software, but this instance is a bad example - if your 10-20,000 employees had the dev preview installed you have bigger fish to fry.

If it wasnt clear, my rant was against this MS practice (no meaningful changelogs) on their enterprise grade software and server products.

This doesn't just happen on their enterprise software, and, at that rate, not only Microsoft either.

I was reviewing some updates for Windows and Office and some of those update descriptions are dreadfully unhelpful. Of course, with those products, these updates are always small though, in comparison to something like this... At least the Visual Studio team is better at this, with them being very clear about what's down the pipeline for future VS updates.