With last week’s announcements at Build 2014, Microsoft has left Windows Phone users salivating in anticipation of WP8.1. OTA updates are still a way’s off, and the first all-new WP8.1 hardware won’t be available for several more weeks, making the best chance a lot of enthusiasts will have to check out the platform in action the Developer Preview release. But just when will that be? Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore took to Twitter yesterday to answer a few questions about WP8.1, and updated us on an ETA.
Before we get to that, let’s look at what we’ve heard so far. The first date to get rumored was April 10, this coming Thursday. But then a more recent report looked a leaked Microsoft email that suggested that WP8.1 wouldn’t really be ready until April 14, and that availability of the Developer Preview would follow. We also heard a lot of claims that MS was aiming for a release in the first half of the month, but had trouble nailing-down a firm source. Well now Belfiore’s stepping up, asserting that the release will come in the “first part of April.”
“Part” doesn’t necessarily mean “half,” but it’s fair to say we’re not going to be waiting a whole lot longer than one more week. Belfiore claims that a firm date isn’t even established just yet, so this may be a matter of making it available whenever it’s ready – and if that April 14 leak is accurate, maybe Microsoft really could rush the Developer Preview out straight away.
Whether we’re looking at April 14, 15, a little sooner, or a little later, rest easy knowing that WP8.1 is very nearly here.