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Microsoft updates Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview ahead of 24 June rollout

Promises plenty of bug fixes and battery life improvements
Thu May 15 2014, 11:38

Windows Phone 8.1 live tilesSOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has updated its Windows Phone 8.1 preview release for developers.

Microsoft didn't provide a full rundown of what developers can expect from the updated release, instead saying that it delivers "several updates" based on the feedback it has received so far.

However Microsoft's Joe Belfiore was happy to share a few more details, and tweeted that the updated release brings "plenty of bug fixes" and "battery improvements".

Those intrigued as to what else the update brings can install the latest Windows Phone 8.1 release now. To get it, go to Settings > Phone Update > Check for Updates, where if you have the developer release already installed, it should offer to download the new version - build number 8.10.12382.878.

Microsoft said its Windows Phone 8.1 Preview release has gone down well with developers so far. In a blog post released on Wednesday, Brandon LeBlanc, senior marketing communications manager at the company said, "We've had an amazing response to the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers we began delivering one month ago today. Developers (and enthusiasts) have been putting the software through its paces and giving us great feedback.

"People are loving the new features like Cortana, Action Center, and the Word Flow keyboard with shape writing. We've managed to make the world’s most personal smartphone even better, and folks are pretty stoked.

"Thanks to all of you who have been participating in the preview and telling us about your experience."

It's likely that Microsoft's next update will arrive on 14 June, with the first release having arrived on 14 April and this release on 14 May. This will be just 10 days before the final version of Windows Phone 8.1 is released to the public, with Microsoft having set the general release date as 24 June. µ


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