MICROSOFT HAS STARTED rolling out Windows Phone 8.1 to existing Lumia devices as part of the long-awaited Lumia Cyan update.
"Ready for some great news? Starting today, the Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphone family will receive the Lumia Cyan software, the new Windows Phone 8.1 update and Lumia features upgrade that will make your Lumia an even more personal, fun and indispensable part of your life," Microsoft said in an enthusiastic blog post.
Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 update furnishes existing Lumia devices, such as the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 1520, with features such as support for a third column of Live Tiles, background wallpapers, Action Center, Microsoft's Wordflow keyboard and new enterprise features, such as VPN support and improved WiFi security.
Cortana is also included for those in the US, with Microsoft telling The INQUIRER that it will be coming to the UK in "late 2014".
The Lumia Cyan part of the update brings with it more features exclusively for Nokia smartphone owners. These include an enhanced Nokia Camera application and updated Camera Roll, refreshed Nokia Storyteller and Living Images apps, the ability to install apps to microSD card and Nokia Device Hub.
Those with a Lumia 1520 or Lumia 930 handset will also see Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 support included in the update, along with Microsoft's Screenshare technology and Sensorcore SDK beta, which means that apps such as Bing Health and Fitness can use location and real-time data.
Microsoft also announced on Tuesday that Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 6 (CS6) will soon be coming to Windows Phone, saying, "CS6, available in the Windows Phone Store soon, brings new filters and image enhancement tools to make your shots unique."
The Lumia Cyan update is rolling out to existing Windows Phone 8 handsets from today, and is set to arrive on all handsets within the "coming weeks". µ