Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview now available to install

You’ve seen our Windows Phone 8.1 video review. You’ve may have caught us talking about WP8.1 in our live Hangout this morning. But are you ready to stop hearing other people tell you about their own experiences with Microsoft’s latest mobile platform update and start forming some opinions for yourself? We’ve been eagerly awaiting Microsoft’s release of the WP8.1 preview for developers, and got news a few days back that we should expect its distribution early this week. Sure enough, Monday is here, and with its arrival Microsoft has released the WP8.1 preview.

So how do you get the software? We touched on this late last week, but if you haven’t taken the steps to prepare just yet, worry not, as it’s incredibly straightforward. First you need to be registered as a WP developer, which you can do for free thanks to Microsoft’s App Studio. After your account’s set up, you just have to download Microsoft’s Preview for Developers, and the app will let you go about retrieving and installing the 8.1 preview.

You can find links to both the App Studio and the Preview for Developers app here. Remember, this is a one-way process, and after installing the preview you won’t be able to go back to WP8 GDR3, but then again, with everything WP8.1 brings with it, why would you ever want to look back?

If you decide to check out this release, let us know in the comments about your experience.

Update: Microsoft’s WP App Studio is getting hammered by requests from users trying to register (see, this is why we told you to do it last week) and is experiencing connectivity issues. If you can’t get though, try again later on.

Source: WPCentral

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