Windows Phone 8.1 Release Date Details Surface

Windows Phone 8.1, an upcoming update for devices running Microsoft’s iPhone and Android competitor, couldn’t possiblly come soon enough. That’s why it’s good Microsoft is sharing more details about when users can expect the update on their handset.

So when is the Windows Phone 8.1 release date officially? That much remains unclear. Typically, there is a grace period in between the time Microsoft finalizes an update and when it comes to older Windows Phones. Microsoft has said thatWindows Phone users won’t get the Windows Phone 8.1 update until sometime this summer. Officially, Nokia has been the only Windows Phone maker to confirm a time-table for the update. Lumia Windows Phone users should expect a Windows Phone 8.1 release date sometime over the summer.

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That doesn’t necessarily mean that users will have to wait until then to download the update. Last fall Microsoft introduced a developer program that allows users to register Windows Phone developer accounts free. Users who do register are able to download pre-release versions of Windows Phone much earlier than casual users. Microsoft says users should expect a Windows Phone 8.1 release date for developers “later this month.”

Watch: 12 Minute Windows Phone 8.1 Video Will Make You Want It Right Now

Finally, devices built to run Windows Phone 8.1 should arrive in May and June. Former Nokia CEO Steven Elop took to the stage at today’s Microsoft BUILD conference to show off two new devices completely built for Windows Phone 8.1, the Lumia 630 and Lumia 930. Users should expect these devices to launch internationally in May and June. Nokia plans on following those initial launches up with a release for the Lumia 630 in the United States sometime after. Unfortunately, the Lumia 930 won’t be making its way to the United States. Here it’s already available as the Lumia Icon and exclusively available to users on Verizon Wireless.

Windows Phone 8.1 is exciting because it includes tons of new features that users have been clamoring to get their hands on for years. Windows Phone 8.1 users will be able to use a background for their live tiles that has a sort of parallax effect that isn’t all that different from what users get on the iPhone 5s. Its Cortana personal assistant sounds as if Microsoft has managed to best the iPhone’s Siri personal assistant too.

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Read: Cortana for Windows Phone 8.1 Is everything the iPhone 5s’ Siri Isn’t

No other Windows Phone makers have announced when their users can expect Windows Phone 8.1 to be available on devices they have already purchased.

Comments

  1. f7 says

    “Nokia CEO Steven Elop took to the stage at today’s Microsoft BUILD conference to show off two new devices completely built for Windows Phone 8.1, the Lumia 630 and Lumia 920″
    Should be 930.

  2. Art says

    Nokia and MS suck on getting important updates out to their customers. This will cost them a lot of business of customers who are sick & tired of waiting for MS and Nokia and VZN to get off their asses and take care of business. When When When! will WP 8.1 be available to Icon owners here in the USA? I am not interested in the Developer edition. I want the official release.

  3. Art says

    If Nokia and MS want to be players in the mobile phone business, they need to get their act together and get competitive. When are we going to get the WP 8.1 update for Icon phones here in the USA? These high-end phones should be shipping now with WP 8.1 already on board out of the box. Waiting for all 3 of you (Nokia, MS, VZN) to get your s**t together is ludicrous! Google and Apple have had their voice assistants for years….where is Nokia? Still in the dark! Tens of thousands of customers are getting sick & tired of waiting months & months for nothing. Not even a solid clue has been released from MS or Nokia or VZN so nobody knows nothing about anything. This really sucks big time! Where is WP 8.1 ??? We want the official release, not the “iffy” Developer preview. When can VZN customers expect it to arrive??

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