Here is some great news for Windows Phone users across the globe. Joe Belfiore who leads Windows Phone product definition and design team at Microsoft has recently announced on twitter saying that the first update for the newly launched Windows Phone 8.1 operating system is now available for download. So far Windows Phone 8.1 was only released for a limited number of users soon after its official announcement. And that was purely for testing purpose.
The latest version of the Windows Phone OS was first announced back in April during Microsoft's BUILD 2014 developer conference. However, Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview, the build which is aimed at those who wish to make their apps compatible with their new operating system or create new ones, will now be released to all.<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Running <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WP8&src=hash">#WP8</a>.1 Developer Preview? GO CHECK FOR UPDATES! we have news bits with plenty of bug fixes including some battery improvements!</p>— joebelfiore (@joebelfiore) <a href="https://twitter.com/joebelfiore/statuses/466626148193947648">May 14, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
However, only users who own an App Studio account can download this Developer Preview build of Windows Phone 8.1. Even if you don't own an account, it's easy to register, and if you are eager to use the new version of the platform, you have to do the same.
Although there are a lot of complaints about the new build from early users, it appears that at least some of the bugs that inadvertently made their way into the first Windows Phone 8.1 built will be cured.
If the update failed to show on your phone until now, you might want to head over to Settings > Phone update > Check update.