We’re just days away from the start of Microsoft’s Build conference, when we expect the company to make a major announcement concerning the introduction of Windows Phone 8.1. We may or may not hear about new 8.1-running phones (though that’s definitely where we’re leaning for that Nokia event on Wednesday), but the platform itself should very much be on the agenda. Following any launch event, how might WP8.1 ultimately become available to users? We heard last month that Microsoft’s Developer Preview Program may release the software shortly following any announcement at Build, and today a new rumor reinforces that claim, getting specific about when downloads may start.
Supposedly, Microsoft will begin the Developer Preview Program for WP8.1 on April 10, a week from Thursday. This would give Windows Phone users with App Studio accounts the ability to install WP8.1 before the release of any formal updates from OEMs.
We’re still very much interested to see a schedule for when those official updates will be ready for existing WP8 handsets, but in the meantime, this program will likely be your best bet for getting early access to everything WP8.1 has to offer.