Windows Phone 8.1 preview is not coming this week, check back later

Ever since we posted the ‘all about’ Windows Phone Preview for Developers Program this week, we’ve been flooded with tips with many false positives. For instance, if you were not on build 10521 of Windows Phone 8, well, you got it after installing the Preview for Developers. No worries, nothing is new as it is just device/carrier specific fixes.

So when is the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers going live? It’s not today. It’s not tomorrow and it’s not this weekend. So you can probably stop hammering Microsoft’s servers with update inquiries.

Evidently, many of you are anxious because Microsoft lead Joe Belfiore took to the Twitters to calm the masses.

In a Tweet just sent out, Belfiore says this:

“Yowza, you're going nuts 4 #WP8.1 dev preview.  Everyone relax thru weekend, check in early next week.  Enjoy Win8.1 update, write apps!  :)”

The noteworthy part is the “check in early next week”, which strongly hints that the Preview will go live sometime in the next five days. Microsoft has claimed the first half of April before, so that’s just keeping in line with previous statements.

Regardless, you can stop checking for updates every five minutes now. Go outside. Enjoy the sun. Pet a cat. Have a coffee. Or do as Joe says, and code an app.

Need to prep for next week? Read our one-stop guide on the Preview for Developers program and how you can get 8.1 on your phone.

Source: @JoeBelfiore


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Windows Phone 8.1 preview is not coming this week, check back later




I read the article and CLEARLY saw the words ... " WP8.1" ... "It's" ... "out" ... and ... "today" (*not actual size).



I read the article and CLEARLY saw the words ... "No" ... "Device" ... "Fixes" ... "nothing is new" ... "Evidently, many of you are " ... "nuts" ... "Developers" ... "relax"



Daniel do you know how the "action button" on my Nokia Pure Headset will work to activate Cortana now that they have moved it off the home button and made it two steps to speak to your phone? None of the previews cover this.

You only need to hold the search button to speak to Cortana. It's the same as having it on the start key, but way better.


Its not stupid. They're asking if the action button on their headset will launch Cortana. Currently, holding the action button on my Nokia Purity headphones cord launches TellMe, but the same may not work for Cortana, considering you now press search, and then are required to tap the mic. I've yet to read anything related to Cortana and headset use.

Its a good question

Thank you. I was just about to say exactly the same thing... I hope that Nokia can just update the companion app on your phone to fix any issues with it... I love my purity pro headset.

It's not two steps to speak to your phone.  You can long-press the Search button in 8.1 (instead of the Start button) to get Cortana to start listening.  If I were to guess, I'd say whatever phone button triggers listening mode probably has nothing to do with your headset triggering listening mode.  The both just tell the phone to start listening.  I doubt your headset is simulating pressing the Start button.

In all the videos online including the Build videos it looks like they are pressing the Search button followed by pressing the Mic button on-screen.

My question wasn't suggesting the Action button was tied to only the Windows key, I merely wanted to know if Daniel or any of the people who have physically played with it, tested it. This is a very important feature to me as I operate my phone through the action button and voice 80% of the day.

They demo it that way so they can show off the cortana launch screen. Its been reported multiple times here, and I believe it was mentioned in the keynote that a long press of the search button launches strait to her listening.

This is correct, I have testes it with the emulator. Long press on the search button launches Cortana in voice mode.

I would highly suspect functionality with your headset has not changed. Phones have been interpreting a long press on the call/action button as voice dialing ever since Symbian, I don't see why Microsoft would have changed anything. In fact, I suspect it's more part of the Bluetooth protocol that the device can send a 'trigger voice activation' message to the phone, because I've seen some units that can trigger voice dial from a single press on a dedicated button.

Seriously? I get you might not have read the article but couldn't you even be bothered to read the flipping HEADLINE? You know, the one you had to click through to get to the comments and post that? Too bad this isn't Reddit and we can't downvote you.

You will know its out when Daniel write an article, before anyone else tells you about it. Download WPCentral app, turn on toasts and tile notification. Read a book.

Because there were multiple show stopper bugs and stuff that needed to be fixed before MS could trust that it won't brick devices...thats why...patience my friend it'll lead you a long way

Its not a beta version its a final build off the carriers... So please have some patience.... Otherwise if it crashes... U wud be the first one to cry for that as well....

The dev community is pretty split on this one. There were some similar questions in the forum if you browse through there - but the basic gist of it is that while many devs think that you can get a pretty and functional app in a pretty short amount of time (this benefit is even better with the introduction of universal apps!) they feel that you shouldn't submit the application to the store because you don't know exactly what is happening with the source behind the scenes and if there is some crazy bug, you may not be well equipped enough to squash it. There are plenty of apps on the store that have used App Studio I'm sure, but I learned to do it the old fashioned way so I haven't had much experience with App Studio myself.

If you don't find anything useful on the Forums, post a topic and I'm sure you can spark a conversation between the devs about the pros and cons

If you take your time, think about what you're doing and consider the user's experience.. you can absolutely make a good App Studio app.

I personally don't know since I use full visual studio, but a couple of non-devs friends always tells me how good it is, and one of them has publish a couple of Costa Rica's specific apps and they look and behave very good. You should try it

Yes you can publish directly. Alternatively, you can download the source-code and bring about enhancements via Visual Studio add stuff too it.


I assume, where Microsoft is headed; down the road, they would integrate Visual Studio Online deeply with App Studio.


Nonetheless, you can find out Web, Windows, Windows Phone, Cloud, Desktop, Netwroking apps samples at http://create.msdn.com/, to get ideas and hands on readymade stuff. Just click on "review sample code".

Thanks for the replies. I guess I should finish the app first then see how good it is. Have a few devices on to test so should get a good idea of the user experience. Obviously would be better to know how to code but I've tried and cant get the hang of it so trying this. Is Expression Blend still part of Visual Studio though? I remember it was pushed as a way to make apps without knowing code but the last time I downloaded VS I couldnt find it.

It is now called "Blend for Visual Studio" and is included in the Windows Phone SDK. If you want more guidance and help building an app, check out the resources page on my blog LanceMcCarthy.com

I found it way too confusing and if a bug were to appear then you would have absolutely no idea on how to fix it, so you are better off coding the app yourself via Visual Studio

I'm also a developer and I checked out App Studio a few weeks ago. I, personally, think that it is a perfect solution for someone who is looking to create an app that is simple to hook up to your website's data and looks great. Obviously, you won't be able to get the type of in-depth editing and control that visual studio offers, so as far as making image editing apps, etc, App Studio wouldn't be able to handle that. Basically, it's more suited for making hub apps. In that regard, it makes store worthy apps.

I've made a few for personal use. One of them is Store worthy and the other 2 are jokes. I don't know how to get my app from app studio into the store, so I've kept it to myself.

That's a funny tweet from Joe...but its a very Good problem for them to have as well!  Yes, we're all anxious for the update!!!  I truly hope it comes out smooth and stable from the get go.  (Not that a few minor bumps aren't to be expected either though...)

I searched the internet and I still don't get the 'seems faster' joke. I saw the Pocketnow video which was a little odd but I still don't get it. Someone please explain. 

You didn't need to search the internet. Just WPCentral. And I think (maybe I'm wrong) that it came about with the FB app updates.


Something along the lines of the article stating, they don't know what they changed because there's not changelogs, but it seems faster.


Hell I could be completely wrong but I thought that was the reference.


Seems a long post to explain that.

Looks like it will be out on the 14th or 15th. Those are the only 2 days that can be considered early in normal terms. :) Its going to be a long weekend for all those waiting for the 8.1 Dev Preview.

I'm sure if the Whatsapp update was out it would give MS some room to keep the users patient for a little while. Now everyone is restless and eagerly waiting as neither of the most 2 demanded things (WP8.1 & Whatsapp) have been released.

It really is, isn't it. Sitting on a porch, listening to it purr in your lap as you softly pet its back, a gentle breeze blows, wind chimes softly ringing, sun shining gently down... ^w^

Lol. I'm hanging out too but everyone needs to chill. I'm going to destroy my body a little more this weekend and IF I wake up on Monday, maybe I'll have a nice surprise. If not, no big deal. LOL.

I'm going to expect it either 14th or 15th, since they said that it will be released to manufactures on the 14th, so it might take a time gap to release it to developer preview app. But hopefully it will be out 14th :) (Remember they never said it will be released exactly on the 14th to us, they never gave a fixed time. Just '"early next week" :). )

Microsoft must be having a count as to how many have signed in for the preview. Would be interesting if they released it.

Yeah that would be interesting.  I think Daniel quoted a number for those who got GDR3/Black with it... so maybe.

Ha I just pet my car before I read this (although I haven't opted for dev preview since uncertainty of warranty on ATT :P)

I don't know, they said "early next week" and a few articles ago it said it was being released to manufacturers on the 14th, but there could be a chance we will get it then. Just hope for the best I guess... When it comes to updates we are usually always kept in the dark of the exact date... Oh well, i guess you gotta expect alot of bug fixes for a update with alot of features. :P :)

Dan, i still havent got an answer, do you need to change everything on your phone to the US for Cortana or just and ONLY the region instead of the phone language etc??

Change your region/location. No need to change your language settign (as there is going to be people who speak tons of languages in America, so the language setting isn't gunna effect it :) Just change your region to United States :)

I tried that in the emulator, it doesn't work. You have to change everything and I do mean everything to US.

Unlike what neo158 says (emulator != release), I'm gonna go with changing Region to United States in Region+Language and Speech to English (United States) under Speech settings.

FYI, a Region change requires a reboot, and changing the Speech language requires the OS to download the new speech language pack, install it as an update, and reboot your phone.

Also, changing the Region means you will no longer be able to download software that is either specific to your region or unavailable in the newly selected Region.

Lastly, Speech settings is separate from System language.

That's exactly what you have to do, my reply was to unknowngus who made the assumption that you only need to change the region which is clearly not the case.

Serious question, are you loving the impatience and excitement, or is it kind of wearing thin now?

I think it's embarrassing that we all feel quite so entitled to this free OS update. But on the flipside it's cool that such a buzz has been generated, even if this is mostly an enthusiast community.

what i dont get is how people want it now but if its not ready for everyone's consumption due to bugs etc then why would you freak out for the sake of a week?

"Developer Preview" is pretty much an intentional misnomer. It's more like "A clever way for enthusiasts to get updates early and circumvent stupid Carrier testing", but that's too long.

That's not entirely correct MS stated at build that Bluetooth LE will be turned off in dev preview on all Nokia handsets. alot of people missed this, most of us only just got it via the black update and it will be unavailable until the carrier release if you update early.

you must have never been on a beta program. You do care about bugs. lets just imagine that you go to the dev preview and all your xbox music goes away, i dont think its ok to just say oh its a preview tough t!ts

For people to believe in the product quality has to be maintained when it gets released

The reason people are freaking out is cause MS had said to expect it on the 10th of April, but i guess some people didn't read the article 4-5 days ago when MS had said they are delaying the date for around another week due to bug fixes :P

They never mentioned the 10th, nor any other date. It was rumored that Windows Phone 8.1 would officialy hit RTM the 8th of April, after that, something would happen on the 10th (I don't know what) and a lot of people started speculating that they would release it then too.