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Today was a very busy day when at 7 am EST the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers went live. That allowed those with developer accounts (pro tip: anyone can become one) to download and install Windows Phone 8.1 on their device. Take a moment to let us know if you upgraded your smartphone from Windows Phone 8 to Windows Phone 8.1 if you’re not busy playing with Cortana.

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Time to see whether or not you’ve already upgraded to Windows Phone 8.1 through the Preview for Developers program. Pro tip: You don’t need to be an actual developer to get Windows Phone 8.1. Take our poll below and head to the comments further down to share your first Windows Phone 8.1 impressions.

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  • Massive love for this update so far.
  • Email has inline picture viewing now! :D
  • The update is just plain awesome
  • Everything is fine with me.i am excited with my WP 8.1
    I am from India and Cortana and store working very well
    I typed this by using swipe keyboard
    Yea awesome
    Everything fine in my Lumia 1320
  • how to upgrade to 8.1 , plz help me out .  i have lumia 720
  • Go here http://dev.windowsphone.com/en-us/featured/devpreview  login with Microsoft account and register as a developer with appstudio once registered download preview for developers from the Windows store on your phone log into app with your registered Microsoft account and check "enable preview for developers" go to settings --> phone update on your phone and check for updates thats it!
  • Hi, I followed the steps you have provided. However, it is not giving me an option to "enable preview for developers". How to overcome this issue?
  • Did you download the "Preview for Developer's" App? If not go to the store, search and download that app. Then open the app and sign in with the same Microsoft account that you registered. Once this is completed correctly you should see an empty box for "enable preview for developers" checkmark the box and then close the app. Go to settings and check for updates. You should get the first update preparing for 8.1 and then the second update will be WP8.1 Hope this helps
  • dear sir. I have triyed everything you told, but after installing Preview for Developer's" App i am not getting the optin to checkmark the box. there is one option " done". after that when i am trying to cheak for update, its not getting updated..  phone model- lumia 820 country- India phone IMEI- 354589051111783 may name is kuldeep dutta microsoft A/c kuldiploves@hotmail.com my phone is now on windows black    
  • i can't get a code for login
  • yoo broo check this out !! u'll get it !   http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/heres-how-to-install-windows-pho...      
  • Thank you bro for this amazing link :)
  • Bro! I m from India too. I installed windows phone 8.1 as soon as it was available but didn't get the Cortana. Can u please help me out?
  • From India you want to change your Region as US, then your phone will restart.
    Next you want to change your language as English United States
    That time it will download and install
    Then you want to change speech setting as US English it will take much more time to download and install.
    After doing these steps you can check your Cortana and Store.
    Both will work very well.
  • Did this from Australia on my branded Lumia 920. Works like a charm :)
  • Hi Hakkim, I am from Saudi Arabia. I followed the same as you mentioned above but unluckily nothing happened.My Cortana is still not working. Please help me.. Rgds
  • I am from India. My lumia 720 did not get window 8.1 update. Please give me solution.
  • http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/heres-how-to-install-windows-pho...  
  • Thank you so much bro  
  • Wait bro
    Don't install preview for developers. I think it has serious issues.my SD card is removing automatically. Not single time. Daily it's happening.
    You can get official update nearly.
    Wait it's better for you and others until its not installed.
    Gud luck
  • Even I am from India and I updated my Lumia today only.But I did not get cortana.Could you please tell me how come yo have Cortana,I read it online that right mow it's only available in U.S. and will reach U.K. and China later.
    Please even I wanna use Cortana.
  • hey hakkim im also from india ..i have a nokia lumia 1320...how do i download the 8.1 update i only have mobile data i dont have wifi...please let me now it would be very helpful  
  • Windows stopped their WP 8.1 update,because of some bugs.
    It may be come next week.
    Now it's not available for any phone.
  • From another phone you can use Wi-Fi as Wi-Fi sharing.
    Otherwise no option
  • hiii bro i  m form india ..i want to update my lumia 525 w.p 8.1 is this possible ... for my lumia 525  plz help me how to update my w.p 8.1 plz provide me steps to update 8 to 8.1  
  • Hiii, im from tamilnadu ( India), will u plz guide me how to get windows 8.1 in 1320.
  • Register your microsoft account in appstudio and download "preview for developer app" from store, Use that app to register your phone and head to phone update you will get WP 8.1
  • How Can iget a Developers account..??
  • Hey!! Em also frm india, i was reading in above cmnt n post tht cornata n win8.1 update is nt avilable fo L1320 till now.. So how are u using her(mean cornata) and win 8.1 in ur 1320.. N plz tell the process to me, i'm also waitng fo these updates so pleasntly
  • Hello Atul, If you have already updated your phone to 8.1 ,then follow these steps to gain access to cortana. Step 1 – Change the region in settings to ‘United States, English’ and reboot. Note: reboot is required after Step 1. Step 2 – Change the language to English (United States) from settings and reboot once more. Step 3 –  Go to language options again & tap and hold English(United States) & move up the order. Viola...You ll have cortana in app list.  
  • How did u Upgrade  ur phone to 8.1? I am using Lumia 520 How Can i upgrade it to 8.1?
  • As simple as auto-dl of email pics is, it's one of my favorite adds in this update!
  • I love Sam, Daniel, Mark.. but.. I love Windows Phone 8.1 more!  I am loving this update!
  • I love lamp. . .
  • Do you really love lamp Brick?
  • LOUD NOISES!!
  • I love carpet!
  • DIDN'T YOU HEAR ME I'M BLIND!!
  • Do to realize you're talking to someone who just this morning tried to brush his teeth with a live lobster?
  • BUTTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • How do I access Bing search?
  • Afaik the only way is to turn off location services.
  • Sadly you must disable Cortana. I did that and it works but you must restart your phone. I like Cortana tho so I kept it oddly enough when you activate Cortana you don't need to restart your phone , but with Bing you do.
  • Please let us VOTE for Cortana to be released as Beta to all those who downloaded WP8.1 using Dev. Preview. Since it can be turn on or off, let me be the judge of that, 
    Here is the link: Global release of Cortana for Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview – Feature Suggestions for Windows Phone Lets do it guys, Please VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Dear Sir, Can u help me how to disable Cortana ???
  • The same way you did before the update :)
  • Use the search button to open Cortana, then type your search in and hit enter. The results will be the familiar Bing search results we're used to.
  • Cortana is neat for what it/she is, but you cannot type in Cortana in landscape mode. I don't have the largest hands in the world, but I still have a hard time cramming my fingers in the space provided with the portrait keyboard, so this is a bit of a drawback. Thankfully, the new swipe keyboard function is neat, and seems to help with my portrait woes. So I will give it a few days and see if I can get use to that. Otherwise I may disable Cortana for a while until landscape is added, because I am sure that it will in time.
  • I found that I can go directly to Internet Explorer and have Bing saved as a favorite.  But if the Mobile Version is selected in settings, Cortana will come up instead.  Select the Desktop Version and the Bing website will appear.  If you do use the Desktop Version, you will also notice that when you swipe the screen from left to right to go back or swipe right to left to go forward, just like in the desktop browser. Another handy feature in the browser is the 'reader' mode that takes the article and transforms it into a properly scaled and very readable text reader.
  • tap search button. but you must turn off location  
  • You could always pin the Bing web site tile to your start screen...
  • Cortana fully replaces Bing Search in Windows Phone 8.1. Why did you think you;d access her through the "Search" button?
  • You need not disable Cortana or change regions and stuff for this. Just turn of location and voila!..The default Bing search is back. Turn it back on for some Cortana awesomeness :)
  • Cortana is power by Bing,  searching with cortana is same like seaching with bing. The only difference is Cortana get to learn and study you.
  • Does she do qr codes and music search, or are those features basically removed if you have cortana on?
  • Music search yes.... QR search and visual text search no! Well not like it's on WP8.... U'll have to use "Bing Vision" lens from the camera app to QR or Visual search
  • Yes! And my marketplace had gone wild!
  • Yeah. Apart from the new photo hub (removing the background picture and forcing me to enter into "all" instead of "albums" really really really ruins the photo hub experience for me. And the non-adition of more accent colours and bad changes on the tones of the current ones (they ruined Cobalt). And the lack of proper WiFi and Battery Saver toggles on the supposed "quick settings".   Those three things are, so far, the only beef I have against this update. Everything else seems pretty cool. I knew thre columns on <5" screens would be horrible and it is but hey, if it shuts up people who insisted on it, fine... Even Cortana is cool even though I've already switched the phone back to British English.
  • You can use a plain color of your choice and skin the tiles with it. This way, you get a new accent color
  • How?
  • Make a jpg of the color you want then use it for your photo.
  • You don't know what the accent colour does, do you? ;) The accent colour goes beyond tile colours. It's the colour throughout the OS. For example, Cortana's circles change colour depending on the accent colour.
  • I enjoyed the photo hub prior to the update myself. The 3 tiles on the 1020 is off too. Still really like the update though.
  • I love the extra tiles on my 1020!
  • It's too small
  • Bring back the Photo Hub!
  • I agree.  The Hub concept is much better.
  • I do agree about the photo hub. It was unique and a pleasure to use. Now it lacks that uniqueness...bring it back, please!!
  • Absolutely. The design is horrible now. In the photo hub and a few other places, but most immediately noticeable in the photo hub. And all the redundant all-caps titles on icons would be better off gone.
  • Wish I didn't update. I no longer have access to any email account, I have no access to Cortana or Bing, nor do I have access to Battery Saver on my Verizon HTC 8X. I expected better than this! 
  • Long hold on the search button to access the old voice features. You're right though, if you have an 8x (I have 2 Rogers ones) there is no way to get Cortana or most of the features. Imo, the downgraded me tile, neutered messaging app, lack of a way to disable the new swipe keyboard, make it a downgrade. They're just not worth notifications.
  • I just don't understand why I don't have access to any of my email accounts! I see new messages on live tiles & in Action Center, but app won't launch. Seriously considering doing a hard reset to see if that fixes anything.
  • Thank you Jesus! Doing a hard reset & restoring my data did the trick! I now have access to all my email accounts, Cortana, & Battery Saver!
  • this was probably caused dude to some files not being installed or skipped during installation. you might have touched the phone or done something during the update. I'm glad it's working will now. 8.1 is a beauty. 
  • Whoops, slow reader. Glad that worked.☺
  • Interesting. Wondering why I can't get Cortana on my two 8xs set it up on my Nokias no problem, but can't get it on the 8xs. Idkwtf. The only thing I can think of is the English language pack for US is a weird one and is listed differently than on my Nokia phones.
  • That was Mobile Jesus. And He says you're welcome :D
  • You can disable the swipe keyboard. Head to settings, keyboard, choose your keyboard language, uncheck "type as I swipe through letter"
  • What up choco
  • Installed on Verizon HTC 8x no problems here whatsoever. Try resetting phone to factory settings that should correct any problems.
  • Remember, its a Beta release fir Developers. Thanks for helping make the full release more awesome fir this of us who wait ;-)
  • i liked your start screen BG, can you tell me the name of that pic or share it plz!
  • I like the new podcast app. Did the old 8.0 have Dolby? Never noticed before but it's on my Icon in equalizer enhancements.
  • What new podcast app? My podcasts are gone in Xbox music
  • There's a new podcast app. Check the app list it's called, "Podcasts." It sources the internet now instead of just the Microsoft store. If your phone has FM Radio capability that was broken out too and given its own app.
  • That podcast app just crashes every single time. Sucks.
  • Works fine here. Tried rebooting?
  • A couple times. It opens then crashes. Tons of complaints about the same thing in the reviews.
  • Mine doesn't crash, but only one of my podcasts will update. I deleted the rest, and when they show up in search they are grayed out and say "we can't open this result" beneath them. My podcast experience is ruined. It's not just bad, it doesn't work at all.
  • Yes, 8.0 already had Dolby in the sound enhancement.
  • But you can only use it with wired earplugs/headphones. no wireless. Boo.
  • Awesome update. Updated the 920.
  • Hell Muthaphukkin Yeah!
    I didn't think I was going to love this update as much as I love it. Amazing... Microsoft out did themselves in my eyes.
  • I love almost everything. Only issue I have with 8.1 is that games are in the app list rather than separated in the games hub. Cortana is great and all the features are useful. Just is there a way to hide games in the app list without uninstalling them?
  • Nope, I like it though. Easier to uninstall them and can assign them to an app folder now instead of having to go through the hub.
  • I agree with novron.
  • Hate that games are moved out og Game Hub in 8.1. I have a RT tablet also, and it's a total mess with all The games. Yes I inow we cam make folders, but The hub wad perfect. Pretty much atleast.
  • Hi Sam I am having Lumia 525. Does WP 8.1 work smotthly on it. Anybody there who installed WP 8.1 preview in their Lumia 525
  • I installed it on my son's 520. It works absolutely fine.
  • Thanks a lot for your reply. Its time to upgrade :)
  • I can't use my cellular data anymore! Does anyone have the same problem?
  • Definitely did! :) But how come that now I cannot share anything to social media? Eg. when I tried to share WPCentral's news about WP8.1 being now available for devs to Facebook I could only share the news by SMS, OneNote and mails. :/
  • It's awesome :D
  • Cortana says it cant speak my language. how to fix this ?
  • U have to teach her, man ;)
  • sam i have problem in notification and action center ,it is not showing downloaded apps like facebook twitter and others it is only showing system messages and phones mails only...pls help me......
  • It's so cool
  • +620
  • Is it ok to uninstall the Preview For Developers app after installing WP8.1 ? And is it ok to remove my account on the App Studio website?
  • Well done Microsoft! This update is awesome! Thank you. I really didn't want to bring in any negative comments, but its amazing how spookily good Cortana is and how bad Xbox one is at recognizing voice.
  • Maybe your TV is too loud and it can't hear you.  That is the case with me sometimes.  Also, it's like kinect goes to sleep listening or something because going long periods between voice commands it takes 2 or 3 times before it works but then after that I will roll off 20 voice commands with out a problem.  They still need to tweek it I guess.  Maybe Cortana will come to Xbox One :)
  • Too much to learn, still figuring out where to start. I  am glad cortana love me.
  • Apart from the absolutely awful Xbox Music app, sure
  • I like the new Xbox music app, it syncs all your music and downloads automatically all album art and backgrounds
  • Except for when it doesn't download the right album art because of similar words. The Zune software made it easy to fox that yourself and now I dont know wtf to do ever since Windows 8 and then to have that sync with the phone. Its a pain in the ass
  • Nokia just released the Black update for 8.1 so now we have glance, double tap to wake and their other features. Nokia is the best
  • Really? Where? When? How?  What phone do you have?  I have been patiently waiting on my Nokia Lumia Icon.  I don't think it is out yet for me.
  • I have a Lumia 820, I tough the update was global
  • Notification center, Cortana, start menu theaming are highlights. But Revamped photos hub/muisc/ videos are disappointment.  No file manager. I can't add any attchements to mails that i want to forward/reply to (other than pics). Call duration etc not displayed. Basic usability features still missing.
  • No Call duration is a big pet peeve of mine. 
  • Is it just me or anyone else having problem with the music app? Even the nokia mix radio takes a long time to load all the songs of the phone and the problem is it loads everytime. The music app keeps on updating the music everytime you open the app  can you confirm will it be fixed in final release? I don't understand whychange the old music when it worked pretty well 
  • hi sam,  i upgraded to wp8.1 a few hours ago and now i can't seem to logout my onedrive account. how do i log it out? any work around for this? thanks!
  • when i update always have the 801882d2 error update cannot be downloaded, what is the problem? am using wifi, philippines
  • did u got the solution??...plz reply ..as i am getting the same error on lumia 520...
  • Hi, I enabled the "Preview for Developers" and downloaded the S/W but it is still showing Windows Phone 8.0 I am using Nokia Lumia 925. Please help.    
  • Finally Yes. Upgraded (In India) my Nokia Lumia 720 with WP 8.1. The best part for me is Now I can attach my files (word document, Excel files,Images, Videos, PDF etc.) to webpage/gmail through the browser( internet explorer). Still on testing phase, missing Cortana but enjoying this update. Thanks to Microsoft & Windows Phone Central.
  • Yeah same here love CORTANA,she's awesome,,(im from Philippines) also the IMAGE BACKGROUND..i like also the ability to save apps and games to the SD card,, I noticed my other storage shrinked
    from 1.4GB to just 100 Mb now.. That's lot of space recovered..
  • Massive love 
  • Yes I did! Its the most integrated perfection in mobile history.
  • Sure we did)
  • 4 phones upgraded so far. Absolutely fantastic update.
  • yes and it's great but the removal of facebook integration is a huge blow to the gut
  • Yeah. Kindof a bummer.
  • It simply gave me a reason to ACTUALLY download the app...
  • And take forever to just like or comment or - even better - get "we couldn't get data right now" . Not to mention the disaster that is Xbox music still. It is ACTUALLY WORSE. No I've tile, no recently playing, and takes forever to load up your collection especially if you used cloud collection and were an Xbox music pass subscriber
  • THIS! My music now takes forever to load! It keeps looking for music, and there's nothing new. I love that I can now ask Cortana to queue up music directly, but the Xbox Music experience so far sucks!
  • I had the same feeling too, got so P.O.ed. Just let it discover all your music and it seems to work better.
  • Freaking this
  • Completely agreed. Xbox music still doesn't have extremely basic features like being able to see the track number and year. Even worse, you STILL cannot rate a song. This is something the original iPhone had almost SEVEN YEARS AGO. It's absolutely embarassing and shows that they have zero idea about how important a music player is on a phone. They're too busy trying to get people to buy their streaming service, and I have zero interest in any streaming service. Just as bad... WPCentral makes absolutely no mention of just how lacking this app is.
  • Agreed! Zune on 7.5 was excelent, Xbox music on 8.0 was just acceptable.. but so far I have to say the 8.1 update to xbox music is downright unusable. I love everything else about 8.1 but still, its such a basic feature.. After playing around with XBM for a bit this morning, I busted out the old zune HD, looks like we're going to be spending a lot of time together. 
  • Yeah. But it doesnt recognize the Facebook Beta app. :/
  • and so, it'll never be faster.
  • why? it was redundant to have that and facebook app. now it just goes straight the app when you post from the people hub
  • I do an equal amount of texting and facebook messaging, so for me it's REALLY annoying to keep going back and forth between two apps for that now. The previous messaging hub kept it simple and unified. Honestly, why do we even have the Me tile anymore, because it doesn't really do much. Moreover,I have yet to see any of my facebook notifications make it to the notification center. Having to open up an additional app to comment or like is such a pain. We used to have all of this neat "deep integration" that I had really high hopes for.
  • I agree. They do seem to have taken a step back here and there with some of these things..
  • http://windowsphone.uservoice.com/forums/101801-feature-suggestions/sugg...
  • Hey most probably the integration is going to be through the app, that means the fb app will soon tie into the people hub ! (as Daniel wrote)
  • Am I the only one who still has FB integration...? When I first launched the new FB app it ran me through integration setup, now I have it in the people hub like before.
  • They have fcked 8.1 for me and for all those who had loved their 8 devices . The Facebook messenger and the hotmail messenger in the SMS thread were beautifully integrated into the phone and that set the OS apart and made it unique . Due to this now there me tile is also redundant. The new music is also really bad. There photo hub is screwed without doubts too
  • 100% on point. 
  • also loved the hubs. it s getting kind of messy now...
  • Yes indeed.  I was just looking for an alternative Music player app and found Music+. The now playing screen looks itentical to the Xbox Mucic app. http://www.windowsphone.com/en-ie/store/app/music/e1543431-79e9-40a5-b2d...
  • Vote here, if it gets many votes maybe they will return it to its original state! http://windowsphone.uservoice.com/forums/101801-feature-suggestions/sugg...
  • true... they have destroyed it  
  • Is that Facebook beta, or normal Facebook?
  • Not sure, just delete your facebook apps. Go into the people hub. It'll ask you to install the app. Install whatever version the link takes you to.
  • You're not the only one, mine integrated just fine as well.
  • You're not the only one, we're talking about removal of chat integration. Plus, the people integration is kind of half assed now, because tapping any story just takes you to the stupidly slow app. Notifications on the flip side of the Me tile were cool but those are gone for some reason.
  • How do u still have this when no one else does, yes it shows your contacts but u can't click on them to open or like it comment or read in full anymore....not if u have 8.1
  • What Zack said. Twice.
  • Yup, downloaded on my T-Mo EOL'd Lumia 810. Screenshot is in the forums. Really liking it so far. I can't wait for the Podcasts app to show up though!
  • The podcasts app is in this update. It's "Podcasts" in the app list.
  • It's lag too much in Lumia 520
  • It's a bit laggy but after a hard reset and using the restore function it fixed alot of the issues also the Lumia cyan firmware could be needed for perfect performance
  • Did you wait a while until everything was synced and reinstalled?
  • Yeah gunning on my 620. Same specs
  • Hell ya!  Loving all the features.  Blows me away how they touched on just about everything.  It's a massive overhaul.  Now I want Windows 9!  LOL!
     
  • As long as it's faster!
  • On an Icon, it would have to read my mind to be faster.
  • This update is Cortanagasmic!
  • I miss facebook chat... Any way to bring it back in Messaging?
  • No.. Facebook original messenger now. :)
  • me too :'(
  • download the facebook messenger app
  • It was a stupid mistake removing fb messaging from the messaging app. It is so much easier to just use one app then switch back and forth between apps.
  • seeing as facebook themselves have announced that they're removing messaging from the facebook app and forcing us to d/l the messenger app (regardless of OS), it probably isn't all that surprising that FB messaging is no longer unified in WP8.1. I, for one, actually found it quite frustrating having it unified.. Whenever I had attempted to write a long message to a facebook friend in unified messaging, I would always get the annoying 'unable to send to recipient' message, which then forced me to copy my message and paste it into the fb messaging app anyway... I wonder if I was alone with that experience?
  • The facebook messenger integration was incredibly slow. I would get notifications 15-30 minutes after someone sent me a message. Then I would end up going to the regular app just to check if I got messages if I was in the middle of a conversation. I've never had a problem with the new messenger app.
  • I got a few messenger notifications in the notifications panel today. When I tapped on them to reply, the messenger would just hang and I would get a blank screen with a red exclamation. Facebook messages didn't ever appear 'slow' to me in the hub unless I was already logged into facebook on the web. I communicate on facebook just as much as I do in SMS these days so you might imagine how much more complicating things are for me now.
  • Works ten times better.Still have to hit the back button after liking or posting a comment.Same as the old way nothing has changed.
  • more like ten times slower!! *smoked by wp8.0*
  • I have the same issue with the red exclamation mark. But, I had this issue before the update. I'm sure Facebook will address this soon. It's really annoying.
  • One of the bigger problems now is that we have to actually wait for Facebook to fix bugs, whereas before the messaging hub was rock solid
  • I had many issues with the hub. For instance messages arriving late. Others have voiced the same concern. I think what we see with this overall update is that applications are being separated from the OS. That way any issues can be sorted out separately from the OS. As for Facebook, I'm not sure if this is true, but Facebook is ddveloping their own in house application and taking the reins from Microsoft. That would be quite welcome since the application isn't exactly fluid like its counterparts. And as for Facebook Messenger, I'm sure we'll be seeing updates soon.
  • Although I did like having the Facebook messenger integrated with the native messenger, I did make mistakes as to which one I was sending to.
  • Vote here to try and get this feature back http://windowsphone.uservoice.com/forums/101801-feature-suggestions/sugg...
  • Loving it on my Lumia icon
  • Yes. Really enjoying the update. Very well rounded and thought out. I can't wait to get better at the swipe keyboard.
  • Do you know how to type the same letter consecutively in a word?
  • I just kind of move my finger slightly away and back. It works for me.
  • You just have to go over the letter once and the keyboard will recognise if there is a double letter in a word. For example: Typing 'will' just requires you to swipe from 'w' to 'i' then to 'l' and it will automatically add the second 'l'.
  • Well it will be awfully inconvenient when it misses one.
  • You just draw a circle on the letter.
  • Try 'four' and you get 'for' every time. Won't recognise sexy either.
  • Not yet.
  • Fuckin eh!
  • Probably everybody here did, at least the ones who have an unlocked phone.
  • Yeaaaa, very nice update!
  • Bitwise I have facebook messaging and still have facebook integration. Running 8.1 on Lumia icon.
  • please explain how. Facebook integration is gutted now. All that's left is a non-interactive stream in people hub
  • Get the official FB app from the Store. Should be version 8.1.4.4
  • I have it. That is not integration, it's just another annoying app to open like all of the other smartphone platforms. I feel that when I tap on a status to like or comment and it prompts me to open up the facebook app, now I'm just like "nevermind windows phone, it wasn't that important anyway....."
  • Oh no, fb app is supposed to tie INTO the people hub !
  • Yeah I oftenes used that to view my wall. Fb app truly sucks. Integration was better. Note I cant say share pics directly
  • Yes yess yesss
  • Love it. Glad I updated
  • Now we need to get some much needed Country specific regional apps... For example banking, sports teams, etc. That in my opinion is the only way to get the push for better market share
  • The battery life on my 920 has become really bad with 8.1 :(
  • It was the same on my 1020 for awhile, especially when using Cortana. Thankfully, one recharge and a soft reset later: My battery life is back to normal, if not better. :) Hang in there, Windows Phone is an OS whet the battery life gets better with time.
  • What do you mean by a soft reset? Just a restart?
  • I'd recommend trying a restart before a soft reset. These days, it doesn't really matter, but it's just a personal preference of mine. Anyways, for a soft rest l reset: Just hold the power + volume down buttons until the device restarts. Then, you're good to go.
  • Ty, good to know
  • Does it restart itself or do you have to power it back on? I'm not sure if I just powered it off lol
  • You don't think that's because you've been playing with your phone all day? More so than normal? :)
  • That also seems likely, but even standby times were significantly less than usual. But it's normalizing, even under my drastically increased usage. ;)
  • On my side I've been on the phone a lot today to play around with the new 8.1 and the battery has been pretty good! And at least now with the new battery app we can see which apps are destroying the battery!
  • One of my favorite features by far. Finally, we can isolate apps that love to stuck juice! Today, Cortana has been one hungry girl...
  • I'm in Canada, so no Cortana. Maybe that's why I haven't had any problems with the battery today even though I used my phone a lot...
  • Change regions. Trust me: Cortana is worth it.
  • The problem with changing region is that if I forget about it and buy an app, and then switch back to Canada, I won't be able to reinstall the app even though I paid for it... Even free apps are causing problems if you install them on one region and then reinstall on another region. Unless it's changed, but I've had problems before with that... I had to contact Microsoft about it and... I don't remember what the solution was, but the problem got solved for that app, but I don't know if it's still a problem for apps in general or if it got fixed...
  • Not to lose correct spellings, Celsius and have the date the right way round. I had a play but I'll wait for official UK support.
  • And it's awesome how the battery saver icon changed from a heart to a shield :D
  • I like it. Looks bad ass.
  • thats what i thought, i even sporadicly threw it on the charging plate when i was in my office but it still sucked my battery down to 30% by the time i got home from work.
  • My battery life has actually improved with 8.1. I'm on a Lumia 521.
  • My 520's battery life has greatly improved, and my 1020 (after it's NJ mysterious drain) is excellent as well. :)
  • Great to hear! It's running like a champ too. No performance hit at all.
  • Both my devices have gotten much faster with 8 1. I'll attribute that to the newly optimized memory handing.
  • So is it safe to say that it seems faster?   I'm sorry but I simply had to do it.
  • In this one instance, you are forgiven.
  • I have been using it alot I guess but still when using whatsapp our the people app. It drains it badly. Will try drain till death then soft reset. Thanks!
  • Now you can see battery usage per app. Just go in battery saver > usage and you'll know who's eating it :)
  • +920. Mine is getting hot with location and Cortana on. Have restarted the phone several times. Apart from that all going great. May be I'll try a soft reset and charge the battery again.
  • I'm having the same issue with my Icon. Going to try the soft reset + charge as well  
  • Hell yes. Up and running on both my 1020 and my 520, running great on both!!!
  • Love the update, but hate the games being listed in the app list.,
  • ^^^ This more than anything.
  • Bane of my existence.. That, and the removal of the colon from the additional symbols list when you press and hold on the period. :(
  • Go to keyboard settings
  • Already checked. No such option that I can see to make it go back to the old way.
  • It is in the Advanced settings - Show a comma key when available. In Settings - Keyboard - Advanced.
     
  • And have you tried the laggy mess that they call the Xbox games app, its disgraceful.
  • Me too. I feel 8.1 is some sort of hybrid between Android and WP. Besides getting the best of both worlds it also got the worst of both. With 8.1 Microsoft has killed a great deal of what made WP unique and the reason why I switched to WP in the first place. WP7 was a promise for the future and they have not delivered on it. I love my Lumia 920 but when I'm up for an upgrade I will seriously consider non-WP alternatives.
  • Yeah, although my 920 can't search for updates at the moment, working fine on the 1520 though.
  • I did already very nice! But few tips and tricks that i cant get so far like cortana
    I did choose english US as my language, change my region to united states and choose set my phone language. Did restart but still dont have cortana
  • Did you check the app list, or did you just press the search buttom. It's in the app list as you need to put in some of your interests. It took me an hour to get Cortana and you speech needs to be US!
  • I just did. As you can see on the image link this is rhe setting i made http://1drv.ms/1kZHQr1
  • if you have multiple keyboards, US keyboard should be moved to the top!
  • Yup it was on top. The only thing i cant remove is my language which i have two. US on top and fench on second. Cant remove the french one
  • Change speech language to American. Also ensure location is turned on.
  • Thats what i did too. Speech united states, language united states, location on, keyboard english united states, region united states. I did several restart but no luck. I heared there are some issue on htc 8x when it comes to cortana but not sure with that.
  • Yes.
  • I'm still installing the prequsite update. The progress bar on the gears screen as stalled at the beginnning. Fingers crossed, I really don't want to hard reset. 
  • Experiencing same issue, did you install complete?  
  • Both installs completed for me. NL1020 AT&T Expect around an hour for each update (I had an almost full phone with apps)
  • Yeah aside from ruining modern combat 4 I'm ready to make love to this update.
  • I'm trying but it just sits at "Checking for updates" for 20 minutes then gives me error 80072ee2 :'(
  • Same...are you on an unlocked device?
  • Someone can explain to me how I can the WPCentral transparent??
  • Make the live tile the accent color. It takes a minute or two to kick in.
  • Use tge flip style for the live tile.not the iconic one in the settings of wpcentral app
  • Had it by 8:00 a.m PDT.
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  • Yes, but Cortana and I aren't friends yet. I'm part of the 99% of the people in the world who don't live in the US.
  • closer to 96%
  • +1520! Cortana and I are yet to be acquainted... She DOES look entertaining, from what others are posting, but changing to USA region might create other headaches further down the track...
  • Yes
  • Yes. Loving the update so far!
  • Yes, and my battery life has taken a huge hit. I'm anxious to find out if this is a Cortana issue or not.
  • I have a l925 and I think my battery took a hit too!!
  • On my 925 it reinstalled every app, and it downloaded my entire music collection. I recharged once today, restarted, and it seems fine now.
  • I thought I was the only one, but it is a really big issue.
  • me too.
  • Noticed the same thing on my 1520. Microsoft needs to address this.
  • Ya I did , who wouldn't.
  • Loving everything about this massive update. It was the first thing I did this morning.
  • Did it break anyone else's 6tag live tile?
  • I've been having 6tag problems over WiFi for a few weeks now, can't figure out why.
  • This issue started for me a couple of days before the update. Same issue on 6Sec
  • Yes I did immediately as soon as it was announced. It's all awesome but I've run into a few problems. Music is taking forever to sync my music and I can't access the store. Any help please?
  • Can I get an HELL YEAH!
  • Nope
  • It cant be transparent. Its takes ur system tile colour.
  • No, I will wait for the official update in the summer for my Ativ S. My phone is perfect now, without any bugs, so I don't want to risk it. But it will be a tough wait.
  • Are you on GDR3 Yet? If so, When did you get it? I'm guessing if you're already on it, it probably won't be that long a wait. I, however, was probably gonna wait 'til year's end. I got GDR 2 around Februrary this year. I was gonna wait it out like you, but decided to go ahead and sign up for the Dev Preview Yesterday. I got GDR3 as soon as that happened. Today, I updated my phone to 8.1, though I'll admit I ran into trouble, a reboot loop, which I fixed doing the Hard Reset. So far so good.
  • Spoke too soon. If you turn off your phone, it comes back...ARGH! Better just wait.  
  • I have the Sprint Ativ S and I was more than pleased to update. Though I'll admit at first I was timid, precisely because of all the problems I've had with the phone (radio issues like dead wifi/cell data, suddenly my battery was tanking in 4 hours when it used to last 36hrs, restarts, heat issues, etc), and the presumed finicking Samsung did to the phone that made it so unreliable and/or work with their funky hardware. And I did not have GDR3 yet, either, but there were 5 or 6 updates before the 8.1 pre-req shim update that took me there. (So, if you don't have GDR3 and want it, but not 8.1, you can do that) But, I have to say I'm glad I updated. There are many little good improvements. The lack of unified messaging, built-in notifications, and app-less sharing is a tad annoying (the FB app is still sluggish for me, and Messenger can't be/isn't integratable like the proper app), but it's not a deal-breaker for me. Currently, Cortana is a bit of a letdown for me, but I think that's mostly because I wasn't able to complete the initial setup when it prompted and I'm waiting to re-do that bit. One thing I don't think will change with that is integration with my bluetooth headset.. sometimes I have to restart in order for voice to work if I swap the headset on/off or play music or something .. haven't quite pinned it down yet.
  • Yes., but not that happy with it..quite disappointed actually ..Music app, games hub sucks..and it lags ..store has issues too...
  • kind of agreeing with you.
  • No.........
    its only for devs
  • Anyone can be a dev!
  • No, it's not.
  • Yep! Awesome!!!
  • I have not downloaded WP 8.1 yet. Hopefully I will have time to do it tonight.
  • I love it!
  • my Engadget app broke, it has loading issues, and the background is black with white text.. Did yours break?
  • Mine works fine. Try reinstalling it.
  • Yes that did the trick, thank you :)
  • Updated and changed region to US to use Cortana; however Nokia MixRadio wouldn't work while the US region was selected (I'm in Ireland), so as good as Cortana is, it doesn't trump MixRadio.
  • I upgraded immediately! I'm still playing around with it. Overall I'm happy
  • Did it, and (mostly) love it. The Facebook integration seems to be little clunkier. For instance in the people hub I went to like something and it forced me to open app. Also not a fan that notifications got completely removed from Me tile. None of the facebook interactions (e.g. Likes) are showing up in notification center.
  • Yeah the Me tile is pretty much useless now unfortunately
  • I keep hearing about this today. Not going to be happy about it since that functionality was one of my favorite features in WP.  Ughhhhh :(
  • Windows Phone 8.1 loses the Windows Phone speed challenge to Windows Phone 8.0 :(
  • This is a HUGE fail for me.  You can't blast a message across all three social networks, and when you try to send a quick message to FB via the Me tile it TAKES YOU TO AN APP!!!  This is going BACKWARDS.
  • From what I've been hearing if you want to post something, check in, or comment on a post from the Me & People Hubs, it opens the FB app? This is not integrated anymore and not very efficient. I think we will find the FB app wasting a lot more battery now especially if the FB background task needs to always be allowed for any push notifications. I guess Facebook was forcing these changes on Microsoft. Sad.
  • We'll probably have to deal with ads now as well
  • I think the apps need to be updated with 8.1 APIs and then we will see the full greatness of the update.
  • Way better,still have to hit the back button just like before.It's integrated into the facebook app.Notifications come in automatically now.Big improvement!
  • Yea this is a big problem.
  • Got it. Their swipe, Cortana, tile change and many other small additions are much welcome.
  • Still playing with it now. Also love the notification center.
  • Nice update, but a couple things. They have to fix the music app. Its horrendous. It takes at least 10 seconds to load up the alphabet to get access to my artists. And even when I click the letter im going to, it requires more time to load. Also, they took the live tile away...why...why would you ever do that? And it's not transparent either? Also, while I understand these are the early days for Cortana and it takes awhile for these assistants to become great, you have to be living in a dream world to honestly think Cortana is anything great. Best part is her name
  • Totally respect your opinion, its just weird that every article I have read today is largely positive towards Cortana.
  • I know, I've seen the posts. I think most of the positivity is just initial excitement with having a personal assistant...I'm excited about it too. But it's honestly mostly just a Bing search client when you try to do anything slightly outside the box.
  • Don't forget that it's still in beta.
  • Agree with you about Cortana. At this time, she won't even play your music if it is in the cloud. You know, the place where Microsoft is pushing hard for one to store everything. Yes, I know, it's in beta. But it seems for this and several basic features that are still missing, it is still all about waiting, and waiting and waiting.
  • Yup yup yup. Finally someone sensible around here, what he said ^
  • How is cortana bad? She Does more then siri does and she is not released yet . Siri cant turn off things like wifi. Cortana can work if you have no internet connection , Siri can't. Cortana is much better at recognizing my voice then siri . Also Cortana can give you directions and start the app . I can ask cortana where am i and she announces my address. I do not remember siri doing that .
  • I asked it to find something (can't remember what) and it played a track from Maximo Park that was on my phone. That's cool I thought, "Play 'I Need my Girl' by The National" and it then searched for the track on Bing. Random.
  • Forgot about this in my post below.  The music app is telling me I don't have digital rights to half of my music.  All of the music on my phone was obtained legally.
  • Nah. I will wait to see what the bugs are first.
  • The update is working nicely on my Icon. I love that the update is large enough that it takes a while to get acquainted with everything.
  • Sure
  • Did an hr or 2 ago. So far loving everything
  • Yeah updated but the store is broken apps wont install at all.
  • Yep...been playing with it all day long while in class and at work.  Fantastic update!
  • Yes, loving the notification center and getting into Cortana.
  • best phone ever I realy like cortane, Windows Phone is now in a very good position to compete feature for feature with iOS and Android....
  • I sure did and I'm loving the update and WP 8.1. Can't access store yet though in Sweden which is a set back but I guess it will be available shortly.
  • I updated right after I got my notification from the WPCentral app early this morning!
  • I did, (Bing) Weather seems to be causing some HTC 8XT users issues with the phone crashing & making the power button unresponsive. However, your Mods are spreading disinformation that a Hard Reset is required to do the update.
  • Very nice job! Works perfect on my Lumia 1520
  • Owh yess! Loving it so far! Feels so happy!
  • Getting my head around it, but loving what I see :)
  • Love the update. Windows phone has won me over, and I don't see myself changing to another OS any time soon. The notification center, background tiles, Cortana, swipe, and all the bells and whistles are wonderful. Great job. Microsoft is definitely listening.
  • I can't open the videos please help
  • Yes! Swift and w/o any hiccups. Start screen background is awesome! Notification and action center is pretty useful and long pending feature. Updated app store has some cool features (suggest apps, does this review help you?). Haven't checked Cortana, will do. Changing region seems too much of work for now :). Overall this is a great update! My app (Avirall Time Suite) data is intact and 25 timekeepers which were running before the update are still running w/o any problem. Kudos to WP team!!
  • Not yet. I was originally waiting out the first day to see how many issues others were having but now after reading about several issues, removal of key WP 8 features, and increased battery drains, I might not update for a while. Especially unhappy about the removal of FB integration within Me & People Hubs. Dumb move. Wish I could just download the new Action Center by itself and keep my phone the way it is now.
  • The Me and People hub changes are stupid.
  • You can say that again!!!!
  • Facebook integration is way better.Still have to hit the back button just like before,all is does is goes strait into the app.Notification are far better now than in the old people hub.Can't believe after all the awesome updates people still complaint,and over Facebook integration Wow!If that's your reason maybe WP isn't for you.
  • I updated my Lumia 1520 all working great so far. Only worry is it's running a little bit hot which is didn't before the update. Am thinking perhaps 8.1 is really pushing the processor more??
  • You're probably just using the phone more, lol.
  • No, just after the update the phone work more heavily for a hour or two (may be a day eventually)  updating apps, sorting files, arranging the flash memory and just you use it much more to see what is new. Mine HTC 8X also got hot during and after the update but now everything is fine (charged it twice for last 20 hrs).
  • I miss Local Scout and the live Xbox music tile with the artist playing. Still no artist wallpaper like win8 while artist is playing.
  • Local Scout is now in the maps.
  • How to download the update without becoming an actual developer? :/
  • apphub is free, so it'll just be cosplay to u
  • You may do so. Just get your live ID registered and download the app. Search WPC for info's.
  • Why i can't update my phone? Are the server having some problem right now?
  • Great work as usual guys. Wpcentral is one of the best things about the platform and even better with the developer update
  • Did it with the 920 and now doing it on my 520.
  • Absolutely! And I can't wait to get the Lumia Blue firmware!
  • Upgradaded :), hope the limitation to US only will be a thing of a past, now we are looking to a future.
  • Give them some time. In the meantime, you can do what WPC said how to get Cortana if you aren't in the US. :)
  • Thanks dude, i have cortana already, i mean not only cortana, but bing reward, and other services, they already have windows azure al around the world.
  • Not too keen on the poll options. I upgraded but am not finding Cortana that useful. Other stuff though its good, though its sad there is still no proper email attachment support.
  • Apps can now attach to the email, so all we need is, for example, the PDF reader to have an update that can attach a PDF to an email...
  • The polls are just for fun and nothing scientific. The comments are where you can really let thoughts fly.
  • The edges of the start screen are now smaller ,leaving a gap between the start screen and the edges of the phone
  • Updating Now! Nokia Icon!
  • Yes and I'm loving it. Updating my wife's phone now so she will give me my phone back.
  • Can you tell me how to do a second phone? I just became a "developer" today so not sure of the best way. Swap SIM cards?
  • I just installed the preview for developers app and logged in with my MS account and it worked. After I finished I removed the app from her phone.
  • I didn't vote because, I dont get my phone back from Nokia till tomororw...Still running a Verizon HTC Touch pro 2 (ya know the one where Verizon stripped out the FM radio ?)...and running a classic around these parts....WIndows Mobile 6.5.5....
  • Yes sir, I did update.  So far, I'm loving it. Once the new lumia firmware comes out, I think this will be as smooth as anything. I really think this update will really help WP gain a lot more attention and grab more market share. 
  • HELLYES I DID. Put it on my own and my wife's Icons. So far the update is FANTASTIC. I know its very early and this update is considered a very polished 'beta' but the update as a whole REALLY takes away alot of the complaints of the naysayers. This is a complete and very well rounded platform now. The app situation continues to improve and be an overblown issue all at the same time but overall 8.1 really establishes WP as a true and honest alternative to the iPhanatics and Android Fanboys and gals.  GOOD JOB, VERY WELL DONE MICROSOFT!  
  • Really liking it. Cortana is GREAT (love the integration into what should be Zune), and I like the triple column on my Lumia 920 (makes me think I have a 1520). What I'm noticing that doesn't work is the notifications on Glance. I love the ability to just check for notices without bringing up the lockscreen (a hand over the sensor does it), but the notifications are gone! A bug?
  • Go to settings and click on glance. It should prompt you to restart your phone. Once that is done go back there and you will update to the features we had.
  • Thanks for the tip!
  • You're welcome
  • I'm more in love with windows phone than I have ever been :)
  • Me too.
  • Running on my Icon, I did notice some pretty funny things: WPCENTRAL app uses more battery power than anything, so I turned off its live update feature. Fix your app guys.  Otherwise its simply brilliant.
  • I was gonna say something about that too.. :) wpcentral, the unlikely battery hog
  • Well.. Right now I have no access to the store... But it's a really really good update
  • This update is pump as balls. The swipe functionality is flat out awesome. I've yet to dig deep into Cortana, but I'm sure it'll be great. Really love ❤ the notification center, and the customizing of the start screen backgrounds is so welcomed. Getting ready to check out internet explorer 11. Absolutely amazing update! BTW with the exception of the word pump I did the majority of this post using the swipe gestures!!!!(PIMP) Love it!
  • Not yet on my lumia 925. Out of town so will do it tomorrow when I get home. Can you update without a SIM card and just on WiFi? Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • I think you might be able to...
  • My 520 which I no longer own and newly purchased 820 both were updated without SIM cards, so you should be OK.
     
  • Thanks! Sent from my Moto X!
  • Yes, and gained more storage. I like the change with curser placement also.
  • I actually think this might be the fastest version of WP ever on my Lumia 920 at&t
  • Downloaded and updated on my T-Mobile Branded Lumia 925! Was running Update 3 + Lumia Black before this!
  • Although I'm a Windows Phone fan and have been eagerly waiting for the update.  After hearing about some of the bugs, I'm holding off. 
  • Same is the case with me. I was eagerly waiting for WP8.1 to release. But after I saw users reporting a lot of bugs and issues after the upgrade, I will control myself and hold up till the official release is made.
  • My only gripe is how games have been move to main app list as well as the games hub.
  • Just me, or internet explorer "Advanced settings" do not work? Using an HTC 8X.
  • Same phone, same problem here ..
  • Yeah mine too :( maybe we should send a letter to microsoft?
  • Same. HTC 8S. Someone suggested it might be the region settings of the phone. What are yours set to? Mine's Australia, English.
  • Sure did
  • Lovvvvvve 8.1! Microsoft, you're getting better at this whole smartphone os thing.
  • So far working great only found a few bugs. This morning cortana was working great but towards lunch time it started taking forever for her to give a response. Microsoft throw more servers at it!!!!
  • Updated this morning while preparing to go to work. Worst productivity at work ever!
  • I want to upgrade my 920 on one hand but I I'm not ready to kill the ME tile and lose the Facebook messages in my messages tile area. Also my app list is so long as it is I'm not sure I want my games to be listed there. Sigh, what to do. What to do.
  • You still have the ME tile, but now it doesn't work with Facebook... But still works with Twitter
  • I'm confused by this. And now all my contacts that were synced with facebook accounts and hence their pictures are lost too? It just wants me to sign into facebook everytime? No more going to me tile to see notifications without signing in/ contacts with their fb pictures?
  • I don't know how the contacts work. But I know the fb contact part is how I do my contact info. If it goes by by then I may never update. :/
  • without the notifications or pretty much anything that you could previously interact with, there really isn't much left to the Me tile
  • I don't do twitter. So yea it would kill the me tile for me.
  • Kinda pisses me off that they still put the notifications swipe there when it does absolutely NOTHING! :P
  • Arg. I'm gonna have to think hard about updating.
  • Personally,I find that if you already arrange your live tiles so that everything you need is right in front of you, notification center is not that big of a deal. I would trade that for my integration back any day
  • there's an option to hide it... just click hide on that page
  • Of course
  • Anybody else have issues with Wi-Fi sense? I can't connect to hotspots anymore, which defeats the purpose. Even happens if I turn off Wi-Fi sense altogether. (at&t Lumia 1520)
  • Its coming out at 26th of June 2014 dont worry
  • I'm disappointed with Cortana. She doesn't give good answers. She just searches. I also want my USB notifications and double tap to turn off. I also feel like it seems slower. When I restart my phone my tiles are temporarily transparent and then have a design over them. I also want negative colors and AssistiveTouch too.
  • It depends. If I ask for the weather, she pulls up the weather. If I ask for maps, she pulls up maps. If I ask her to marry me, she rejects me.   So I think she works. 
  • I agree about Cortana. Over-hyped and all it is is a slightly retooled and revoiced version of the original virtual assistant.
  • I think it has more functionality.  I like the ability to play a specific song by a specific artist just by telling Cortana to play it,
  • Cortna actually kept playing music when I was aking for something completely unrelated. What makes it worse is that the song and artist she was playing was nowhere near similiar or related to what I was requesting. I have since turned Cortana off and will wait for future updates to try using it again.
  • Considering its still in beta, I' ve no complains but yeah I expected more too...
  • Day one already having bugs, but I'm loving the whole thing. :)
  • Awesomeness!! Typing is much faster and smoother!! UI is amazing! Few cons though, but gotta admit this update will do Microsoft world of good!
  • This is an amazing update...my only complaint is...why move the Bing Vision to the camera?? I use that all the time.
  • in progress
  • I love the upgrade. Had to uninstall Reboot Now. After using it once, the phone was in perpetual reboot.
  • Still, the store has the problem!
  • Not liking Cortana as it doesn't do as much as hyped. Basically the same as the pritinal Windows Phone virtual assistant. In fact the speech to text is the same voice. Everything else is awesome though!
  • Upgraded my wife's 520 and my 920. My wife loves the new update. Makes her miss her Android phone even less.
  • Yes n love it
  • Someone, how to get Cortana, i did all the instructions and nothing, where can I find her
  • click the search button genius ... bottom right on every single Windows phone
  • News flash genius, Cortana is currently only available in the US and if your regional settings are not set to the US, pressing the Search button simply brings up Bing, and not Cortana. You might want to understand some of these things a little better before tossing around insulting and sarcastic comments.
  • Instead of "I'm afraid of technology" how about "I need my one and only phone to work and don't want to potentially screw it up by installing prerelease software"? Jerkwads. Not all of us are impatient children with an immediate gratification complex, nor are we "afraid of technology". My phone works just fine right now and I can certainly wait for the final with firmware update.
  • You're definitely missing out.
  • Good for you. But I can't, just can't.
  • Yes. My Lumia 920 is running it great. My mother's ATIV S is also great except ONE thing. The camera stops working after I close the camera app if I switched to video mode. Needs a reboot. 
  • Having the same problem with my Ativ S. Other bugs I've noticed; OneDrive crashes a lot when selecting pictures via file picker. Random freezing; sometimes when I open the the locksceen, the display is blank for 2 secs. 
  • Hell yeah I did; rockin' it on my 920
  • I'm loving the update other then that fact that Cortana is not working right. She works fine other then that fact that she will just Bing search anything funny I ask her instead of answering it.
  • Where to find Cortana?? Help! Fast!
  • click the search button genius ... bottom right on every single Windows phone
  • Region country language should all be set to US. In languages and keyboard, if you have multiple installed, move US to the top. Also Cortana is in the settings, swipte to the right to Applications page
  • I'm wondering what happened to the deals, movies, local events and featured videos in the old Bing. Kinda miss those.
  • Can you help me, where can I find Cortana, I did all of the instructions and nothing - Lumia 520
  • Should be in the search app. Make sure the region is set to United States.
  • Hii.. I also have alumia 520 today morning i tried to update to wp8.1 through a 3g connection .... Everything went ok till the 4th step that is migrating your data after that my phone was at the lock screen ..
    Nothing changed and i was left with the lumia black on my phone ....
    Could you please help me about what could be the prblm pls..
  • Microsoft was able to knock my socks off 2 times yesterday: Bing Rewards now work outside US, and WP 8.1!
  • Where do you live?
  • Cambodia
  • Oh also the geofencing system is really nice! Came home and wifi was automatically turned on for me
  • how did you turn on the geofencing?  mine is off at this point.
  • hey b23h: Sorry I just had a fat finger issue with reply on the WP central app the reply/edit/delte  button is too small for me..lol  but any way, you have to add favorite places in cortana notebook under places and then go to your wifi settings (make it's off first) and from drop menu choose turn wifi on automatically (near my fav. places)
  • That is super interesting.   Thank you for the instructions.  If I understand the concept right this feature will allow me to have the wi-fi turned off as a default, but when it knows I am near home it will turn it on.   I like that.   Since I am experimenting with it at home I can't really test if it will work the way I am thinking. Somewhere I saw a setting that told me geofencing was off and I am searching for that setting again to see if it is now one. thank you for your help (EDIT) of course the geofencing mention is at the bottom of "location" where one would think it would be.   
  • Yupp your understanding is correct, and yes you can't test it if your location is known for now, so if you go for a walk (maybe like 10 blocks and come home it should work.
  • Fantastic update! Cortana is just sexy. Calendar is awesome sauce. Notifications rock, although I've always found live tile notifications great. Maps is back with a vengeance. Etc. Great stuff here. Glad to have been an early adopter and to have stuck to it. I have converted quite a few folks to WP and this update is going to make it that much easier to recruit.
  • Loving all the features!! Such an amazing update!
  • Updated my L1520, my backup L920, my wife's L920, and my sons L520. Keeping track of all the articles in WPC about all the new features is almost as exhaustive as waiting for the update prior to today.
  • No. As an owner of an HTC the firmware is crucial for some aspects of the phone. You'll see Samsung users have mentioned camera woes with this update. Most critically HTC users will get the update OTA pretty rapidly vs. Nokia users if GDR3 is anything to go by.
    Firmware and the OS is like bread and butter. They compliment each other.
  • I upgraded this morning and so far, Cortana has done nothing but amaze me. I'm loving WP 8.1
  • Loving Cortana...in a technical way of course.
  • Tell her you love her. She has different responses to that. Quite funny.
  • YES!!!!!!! YES I DID!!!!!!!
  • Super Tight
  • yup! I updated my red 920 this morning.  I like it!  It will take me a while to really get used to it and understand all the new features and settings, but as of now I am pretty happy with it.   I would prefer a toggle setting so that you can remove the games from the main app list, or keep them in.   Personally, I'd like to remove them.   There's some other issues that I'd like to see addressed, but overall I am quite happy. Thanks MS!!!!
  • Massive update, even my wife loves it.
  • I have just extended a few more years to my 8x with this update. It's so snappy now.
  • Project my screen???
  • I have. I know I have.
  • Do anyone got problems with Gmail?
  • Yes, too suffering from google sync problem. Moreover whatsapp media is actually being downloaded in whatsapp folder in my sb card but its showing in some others album in picture hub which basically is not present on my card i crossed checked it by putting my card in pc. Onedrive upload is also unavaliable.
    Really these are annoying.
  • Anyone else have an internet explorer DNS problem?
  • yes me WTH
  • With everything smaller with 8.1 my 1520 starting to feel bigger again. I hope that some enhancements be used to optimize the big screen, like multi window option. And please give us some option to hide the games on the applications list.
  • Yes, IE 11 kinda sucks. Still not on par with mobile safari and chrome mobile in mobile page viewing.
  • Safari on ANY platform absoletley sucks.
  • it only sucks cause most web devs are coding using a differnt responsive/fluid design standard, if you check others sites it works
  • picture hub sucks now and why are the games with the app list. cant go to youtube in desktop either.
  • Cortana is great, action center is helpful, and the little touches are delightful.
  • Yes, lol.
  • Loving it! Lumia 928
  • Yes.. Cuz my carrier will take a light year to release the update.
  • Is a Great one. Love it
  • Btw where is now the background task?
  • Battery saver
  • I can say that even when i was unsucessfull to install cortana in my lumia 720 Movistar Argentina because of that language weird problem that i can't install the us english pack, i feel very happy. I feel like i'm part of something, something way better for all of us, and i really mean all, because the update is open for all of us, that's a thing that other os can't say. So keep it up! i'm very happy to be part of such a community!
  • Nice
  • Got mine and my wife's updates done. Was a little rocky with my wife's, but got it all sorted out. Still taking some time to get used to the adjustments the made.
  • I must definitely downloaded! And I'm loving it :)
  • After the second set of spining gears load completely the phone restar itself and is now stuck on the black screen with the Nokia logo stays like that for like 20 secs and it restarts itself to get stuck again and again...what can I do? Can you guys help? Should I hard reset my phone? How do I do it?
  • Got it!!! But many features are missing :(. Knew that lock screen theme will not come but, back button still closes apps. No file picker, and i am not able to control my notifications from other apps and more.. I liked the whole concept very much but want the old photos hub back. And the music app is a bit slow. L520
  • I agree I hate how the social hub is now in 8.1
  • Wheres cortana?
  • Hey b23h, you have add favorite places by address or from your contacts list, double check places in Cortana notebook just to make sure then check your wifi settings and check turn on wifi near my favorite places
  • Absolutely. Not a developer, but an early adopter "original focus" and promoter. Downloaded with love!
  • Yeah big love for this update!! Running smoothly on my 8X!! But one thing, Cortana isn't here.. Even when I changed the language and region to us.. It's still not on my phone :(
  • You need to change the speech option to English (us), works like a charm for me.
  • Love it so far! Wish it had "music kill". (OPTION to stop playing when closing app etc) Unless it does and I haven't figured it out!
  • Even after get registered on preview of developer not get update in India !!!!!
  • Love this update! Feels like my 920 is a brand new phone!!
  • Very Cool. So glad I switched back to Windows Phone after two months on Android. Very cool update. Love how its customizable and Cortana is really cool. Thumbs up :)  
  • Anyone else wondering where the attaching pdfs to emails feature went? Thought that was supposed to be in this update.
  • dunno!?   I was wondering about that myself, I mean from office you can share and email from there but you have to upload it to skydrive first and then it gives you a link...boooo 
  • yes and i love it
  • I will be happy when things in this update actually work for me. Things that are not currently working: vpn - goes into an autoreconnect fail loop, even when set to manual cortana- wont speak to me gmail - cant reconnect the account podcast app - downloads podcasts then automagically deletes them device in general - became completely unresponsive stuck on 'loading...' screen as i was typing this sad panda
  • Why i can't dowlowd apps and games
  • More than likey your in a reigon that is not supported right now for 8.1DP or check your reigon settings
  • I love everything about 8.1 except one thing.. They removed music+video and left spearate Xbox Music and Xbox Video. The Xbox music app is a horrible app. I hate having to sync my music every time. I want to have all my music on my phone right when I go to music. I hate having to update a couple thousand songs every time I want to listen to music. This was a horrible decision.  does anyone know a way around this?
  • It only caches your music listing that is stored in the cloud so it does a quick check and signs you in, you can change the setting in the app to read only what's on your phone  
  • Do you like to breathe every few seconds, if so then you have your answer.
  • 822 on big red successfully updated. Haven't used Cortana yet because I'm shy
  • Its so cool and pretty amazing this update is available and runs so smoothly on a Nokia 520. Thats a lot of power on a low end phone that cost so cheap! I can see the 500 and 600 series selling even more with the added power of 8.1
  • Running perfectly on my 810. Loving everything about this update!! 
  • Is an erection an improper response to how I'm feeling about this update? This is better than going from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich on Android back in the day.
  • Updated my old Lumia 810. Loving this update!
  • Does this have 8.1 update have file manager
  • Love many features, but hate that when I go to my contacts..where I use to look at all my facebook updates, now I can't get to the comments or full view..when I click on any thread it wants me to install the facebook app..I never had the app bc it was awful & easier and more convenient to go to my contacts and see what I wanted there..I can see it still but can't click on them to see more details like I could b4 because it pops the install facebook app in front of me every time..I should not be forced to have the app
  • I agree. It was much better in the OS itself. Despite its limitations (not being able to like individual comments etc) it was functional
  • Anyone do this on 928?
  • Yes
  • I am afraid of Technology. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • All good on 928?
  • Updated on my 928 first thing this morning...It's real...and It's spectacular.
  • Downloaded the update right away this morning for my Lumia 520 and I have been having a blast ever since. No issues after a full days use.
  • Windows Phone 8.1 Phenomenal. Well done Microsoft. Can't wait to see how the new firmware combines with this amazing OS on Lumia 1520!!!
  • I 2nd the can't wait for the firmware update on the L1520
  • Cortana is awesome, had to change the region though, but totally worth it......
  • Am still downloading the second update. Guys, wish me luck.
  • yes
  • Voice recognition is improved
  • There is an option called 'project my screen' and my lumia 920 says to connect thru usb. But usb doesn't seem to work. Anyone any ideas?
  • I dont thinik it's enabled in this dev preview, same as always on betas/previews and so forth they dont activate certain features
  • Loving the update so far. Anyone know how to reset some of Cortana's settings? She added the wrong person as the wife so when I say "text my wife", the wrong woman pops up. Sounds like a plot for a Spanish soap opera. I checked the notebook and there is no ability to change it.
    Running Windows Phone 8.1 on T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 925
  • change the nickname for that person, then on your wife's contact details give her the nickname wife
  • Fixed it. Thanks!
  • I'm very disappointed because Cortana is not available in my country. How can that be possible? When is Cortana going to be available for the rest of the world?
  • Cortana is still early Beta at the moment. You can still play with her though. Just change the region to US and language to English US. There's a link in the above article about all this. She can still detect where you actually are since she uses location services. I'm in South East Asia and I'm happily using Cortana at the moment to set alarms, schedules and reminders.
  • Wow I didn't know I can do that but, does it work if I already installed 8.1?
  • I have it and its stupid good... some things that i already see I miss, and this keyboard is something I can get used to... hands down, this is big...
  • Can i do Hard reset after the wp8.1 update.....????
  • Loving it so far. No improvement in mail app for IMAP special folders; only down I can see. Am glad I did a hard reset before upgrading. Everything works fine. Is easier to select text.
  • Yassss. Everything is so bleeding beautiful and quite laggy, but that's alright with me
  • Awesome update!
  • Like the update overall, but a bit disappointed with Cortana.  It doesn't work completely - there are some bugs yet in the navigate command, for example, and its news feed appears to be locked in - you can't change the news sources if you don't like them - you can only turn the feed on or off - not select the source, unfortunately.  And the "Halo" references don't mean much to the larger world, so I think that was a bit overhyped as well. I am also noticing that many text items are smaller on my 1520 than they were before.  This is actually a good thing because before they felt too oversized and wasteful of screen real estate.   Overall, still a few clumsy spots, but a clear improvement!  Still no BT keyboard pairing or OS level printing - things the competition has had for a while now.  Maybe WP 8.2...   Still more needed to catch up.
  • I and Cortana are getting married tonight. Too much of love here! 
  • +720 in india no problems, very smooth...... lovin it
  • No navigation bar in my Lumia 720...
  • After the second set of spinning gears finished loading, my 1020 rebooted itself and got stuck in the black Nokia logo screen...it stays like that for like 30 secs only to reboot itself again and go to the Nokia screen over and over again...what can I do?? Thanks in advance
  • before i become a fake developer to download 8.1, i want to make sure about something; if this beta ever scerws up my phone, will I be able to wait until its full release and update it again?  I just dont wanna fuck things up.  i have an unlocked lumia 920.   I already know that you cant revert back to wp8, but i am willing to take that risk.  must. have. cortana.
  • You should really search WPC for this topic. There is one. Elaborated.
  • Just got the update a few hours ago. Loving it. So many more tiles makes my home screen so much more useful. The apps don't even look that small on my 920
  • Same here. Lovin' it!
  • is there a way to roll back?? :/
  • Lol
  • Runs great on my 920. Best update yet! .... maybe better that iphone!  
  • Yup Still Exploring everything. Cortana is really nice. Extra live tiles is a much needed for the start screen. Also, the background image is truly awesome.
  • just dowloaded, still messing around. But I noticed navigating around the phone is a lot faster! impressed so far
  • Hey, everything's great, but I can't access glance, touch and some other huns in the Settings, it tells me they need to be updated, but I can't update them in any way (tried through SysApp Pusher - didn't work). Anyone knows what to do? Thanks a lot
  • I upgraded, just miss the Facebook integration.
  • I have to agree with you there. If you download the updated Facebook app, it's still KINDA there...but not quite as much.
  • Updated but some bugs to report on my 1520 1. Messed up Storyteller stories after update. 2. Facing lock screen bug. Sometimes it takes a long time for the screen to get unlock after pressing the power button. Sometimes it wouldn't unlock at all. 3. Noticed that battery drains faster. I went in to battery saver and disabled some background task. Hope it will get better. Anybody facing these issues? Other than that, I'm loving WP8.1. I've been showing off to my friends that Cortana is smarter than Siri.
  • I'm seeing a bit more battery life with my 720. Hammer your phone, if you count the upgrade, the switch from internal to SD, and those reinstalls into your battery life, you're definitely going to see less battery life :)
  • Yeah
  • This swipe keyboard is just effin awesome I can type with just one thumb single handedly no need to hold my phone in two hands in order to type fast. This thing is effective n easy to get used to.
  • Yes I love the update!!!
  • 810 on tmo running great... Took about 55min... Needed about 1gb free space... Love the brains of quiet time with inner circle break through and of course Cortana.
  • My phone went BSOD .... So no luck upgrading the phone
  • Its about time Microsoft. Push this update to everyone. Quickly. If this was windows phone from day one I fear the competition might have been weak ;-)
  • I do... Love Cortana and other new features
  • The update made windows phone even more awesome! One massive update.. Word flow is so much better on windows phone..
  • not bad, but is XBOX Music not supposed to have not have a live tile with the artist playing?
  • WP 8.1 is awesome! Downloaded in about 33 minutes on my Lumia 1520, both updates. No hiccups, smooth as butter.
  • Update is awesome. Only I not happy with cortana. Why its not available outside the us
  • Because nobody else speaks American English, as far as I know...
  • It's available just have to change the keyboard language to english united states and the region to English united states. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Question: From where can you manage backround tasks now. I cant find it from settings anymore with 8.1
  • Battery Saver
  • It's inside Battery Saver now (under usage)
     
  • Which is one of the biggest things I hated about the new upgrade
  • This update was way beyond my already high expectations. Well done.
  • I'm still on my Samsung Focus 7.8
  • A nice detail I forgot about: Is it my idea, or Windows Phone 8.1 took a page from the Symbian power saving tricks and tries to switch to 2G when you are not using the phone, to save power?
  • I somehow recovered 6gb of space in this upgrade. Nice bonus!
  • I updated my phone to 8.1 but i mistakenly open the narrator. and now i cant close it and i cant use my phone. pls somebody help me ?
  • Same thing here, did you find a solution?
  • Same here, did you find a solution?
  • Not bad, lost some really key features that made WP unique (Facebook integration, decent music app). I am thoroughly enjoying the shape writing keyboard and action center. Missed swipe since WinMo. The extra row of tiles I can see why they limited to 5" devices. Using it on my 920 makes all the font super tiny. Luckily I can still read it.
  • Yes!
  • Yes, but Cortana doesn't know how to speak Canadian English yet =/
  • Lol soon my friend
  • Did I download wp8.1 ?
    DID I DOWNLOAD WP8.1 ??! SLAP
  • Apart from how they re-designed the photos app, everything is perfectly tuned.
  • How is battery life after update
  • Windows Phone 8.1 on Nokia 1520 rocks, all i need is Flipboard, its about time it dropped!
  • Sure did.
  • Unable to download the update keep getting error code 801882d2 after 30-35% download completion. Please help !!!!•!!!!!!!
  • Yep
  • No file upload in browser :|
  • Anyone else having trouble syncing their Gmail after update?
  • yes I have the same problem
  • You may have to give Bing(your phone) access to your Gmail account. My work uses gmail and i had to sign in and give Bing permission. Then all my emails worked fine.
     
  • Could you describe by steps this action ?
    How do you  do that. Thanks
  • i am experiencing the same problem
  • Lol.. Because I meant to read and comment on this article earlier.. But just as I was thinking (before I read what you wrote),I was busy playing with Cortana.. Also the rest of some features.. I'm still figuring things out and trying to discover things.. But I'm so excited about this update!! Really am enjoying it so far..
  • I tried, but my phone failed. Got the bsod process1_initialization_failed. Tried rebooting, no luck. Tried disconnecting the battery, no luck. Now all it does is boot to the gears for about 30 seconds then turn back off. I think I have a brick unless someone else figured out a way to fix that problem.
  • The update is great the only thing i feel its missing is in line editing if thats whta its called. Basically the ability to edit ermail forwards or removing some information when you forward emails. thats really important and we can not do it...STILL
  • Upgraded my 920 and 1020. My only problems with both phones were both Cortana-related. One was only giving Bing searches instead of replies, and the other couldn't hear anything and you could only type things to her.   That said, the update is a huge improvement. Apple still has an iron grip on me for all of my devices, but Windows Phone is becoming more and more appealing.  Edit: Not sure why my new comment went here as a reply, but it was supposed to be a standalone message. 
  • I found that this Windows Phone 8.1 update does drained my battery really fast, I just can't get my phone out of my hand! :):):)
  • WP 8.1 is mostly excellent... Cortana meh....
  • I am running it on my AT&T Lumia 1020 but Cortana does nothing but searches. She doesn't do "chit chat" with me. Anyone else having this problem? Is there a fix?
  • Love the update, its amazing
  • Hi Guys ,   My 525 is upgraded to windows 8.1 but cortana is not available :( . I am very sad please help me 
  • I love it except Cortana. She isn't "chit chatting" with me. All she does is do searches. Anyone else have this problem? Is there a fix?
  • Installed it and loving it on my 1020. The background and flow keyboard is just awesome.
  • Oh ya. Installing phone number 3 right now. Really nice job and loving Cortana.
  • Yes I did upgrade! It's so awesome
  • It's just awesome
  • Updated my 1520 - Loving the update!
  • It is very unstable crashing no updates on live tiles from facebook and just isn't fluid apps don't load and such. It I a mess.
  • Did u get notifications for facebook, I'm using facebook beta
  • I was just a little too excited talking to Cortana for my fiancee. Great Update.
  • Added new life to my 810. This update is awesome. Got every feature, even the ones that I didn't think would work like 3 wide tiles on start screen. Awesome is all I can say. I now have a 72gb phone and can use all that storage and not have to worry about apps not installing.. I hope lol. AWESOME Great job MS I LOVE YOU
  • WP 8.1 is best think ever :D
  • The update is great the only thing i feel its missing is in line editing if thats whta its called. Basically the ability to edit ermail forwards or removing some information when you forward emails. thats really important and we can not do it...STILL
  • Hey, does anyone know when is Cortana going to be available in New Zealand? Or anywhere else outside US...
  • You can bypass the restriction google - "getting cortana to work outside of the US" I'm in Western Australia and have it working.
  • Thank you mate. I've got it sorted. My question was more about official availabilty cause is somehow wired (to me) that we have to play around with settings, specialy in an English speaking countries. However lovely it would be, don't need Cortana with Kiwi accent ;-)
  • Love the update.  Cortana works well and although 3 columns looked cramped at first on my 920, once I made everything into medium or wide icons, it works well. The only thing I miss (or I can't find anymore) is the ability to change songs by swiping left and right in the music app. Now I have to press the icon (which I find too small).  Also, I don't have access to the Create radio option since, I'm guessing, I'm not in the US.
  • HELL YES!!
  • I did its great
  • Love Love Love ❤ it Cortana's great.
  • Yes I did. It literally made my phone into a formidable opponent to iPhone AND Android, and gave it SO many new features!! I'm very impressed! Some diehards might not like the update because it changes so many things about Windows Phone, but in reality, this is EXACTLY what Microsoft needs to make match itself up to the big boys. Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 is a sleeping beast, and we are the ones who thought it was awesome BEFORE it gets trendy ;) woot woot!
  • Tried installing the preview twice already but both says failed to update your phone, which is so frustrating after waiting for so long..help please...
  • Maybe you don't have enough space on your phone to download and install update.
  • I had 2GB space on my 520. Tried it again and now my phone was soft bricked. How do i fix this? Help please.
  • What the heck happened to my text tones?? This isn't cool!!
  • Love Love Love the update just what the doctor ordered. :)
  • The update great! Thanks!
  • Where the heck is my text tones? That isn't cool!
  • Started the day off poor when I botched the update and bricked my phone. But everything recovered and just updated now Nd its great so far. Really impressed with the swipe keyboard
  • Downloading 8.1 on ma 520 ... So excited.... I don't want a hard reset !!!
  • I reset my phone after updating, and now 3G doesn't work at all.
  • Cortana is really cool, and can get even better!!!, action center is long time waiting and not so impressive every phone now days has one, some other features are nice, but nothing that will blow your mind.....adding extra row of tiles is cool....overall nice to get features that other phones have had for a while.....now we are not playing a lot of catch up.....but hardware will need to get better, now everyone had finger print scanner, and water proof....windows phone is behind on that i guess.....
  • Such an amazing experience post this update. Only thing that's missing is the ability to toggle mobile data from the action centre. Otherwise everything else is just fantastic.
  • In terms og features I love the update, but I have one problem: In less than an hour with almost no use my phone has drained 11 % of its battery :(
  • Just restart the phone and everything is back to normal.
     
  • Also check Battery Saver. Lots of apps like to allow themselves to run in the background.
  • Me and brother downloaded 8.1 to our nokia 1520's .....doin great :) :)
  • I don't get navigation bar in India for Lumia 720
  • How to enable the Swype keyboard?
  • Awesome update!!! It has so many little changes that make a huge difference.
  • From the looks of it, I'd better wait for the real update, when everything stablises... don't want to get a "bad" experience after the update
  • Is this the update to Windows Blue or are we still in Black?
  • Perfect for now!
  • Yeah
  • I got mine but it looks like the battery life has been reduced.
  • Check battery saver. Many apps put themselves to run in the background. I removed that and am back to normal.
  • I've updated and have access to all the features, except Cortana and the swype keyboard seem to be missing for some reason.
    Does anyone know why this would happen??
  • Why we are still unable to edit/delete email content before forwarding it. This is a big missing point in the WP outlook and create difficulties to me. Each time I have content in the body of the email that I do not want to forward, I need to do it from the desktop outlook.. Disappointed big time that thus feature is not part of this update. The rest is great. Thanks MS team anyway.
  • Yes upgraded last night and and living in the UK changed my location to the US to enable Cortana but not had to chance to mess around with it yet. Also the store is working.
    One thing to point out is how fast my battery is draining as apposed to pre update but I suppose there can be early problems
  • They have taken away the linked message box!!!! I really loved this feature, where Facebook messages will land in message thread!!
  • Battery life is awful. And the phone gets extremely hot even in normal use. Hope when released version is out this problem is fixed.
  • Where is the Xbox music store? I can't find it any where!
  • I'm not thrilled with ALL of the changes, but generally I'm happy with it.  Sadly, they created mud out of a lot of it and broke some key features, but at least it's bringing the platform into unity.
  • Why MS did not incorporate the feature in WP outlook to enable user to edit/delete email content before forwarding it!!! This is a must feature for business people. Everytime I need to do so, I have to do it through desktop outlook. The rest looks great. Thanks MS anyway.
  • Hey guys it seems that after the update my battery life has been reduced.Any thing I can do to get more juice from the battery?
  • Yes I did love it
  • I
  • Loving the update! Cortana is awesome and the tiles and background....just really makes WP shine!
  • My me tile is gone
  • Hi how do you feel today? Good than yesterday
  • I wish the photos app had stayed the same☹
  • Don't like the scaling on my Lumia 1520, everything is too small. On the calendar the appointment takes up a small portion of the screen, and text is to small, please fix this Ms.
  • You can adjust the size of how the text appears in the settings. Go to ->settings ->system->ease of access...Now move the "slider" bar to the left to increase text size. :)
  • Luv the update. But store is still down. Anyone know what's going on?
  • I've upgraded and was wondering if anyone has discovered how to change the weather showing in the calendar to Celsius versus Fahrenheit. Same with in Cortana. Up in Canada and Fahrenheit is driving me crazy.
  • I totally agree. Cortana's first major upgrade should be the possibility to apply metric units (celsius, metres, kilogrammes etc.) as default.
  • Done updating my L920... Work great!!! Trying Cortana too...
  • It kicks arse!
  • What about store. Its still down?
  • Store is OK. At least in Czech rep.
  • I can't seem to connect to my wifi at work. I thought in 8.1 it would do this automatically. What am I missing?
  • Yes
  • Why couldnt open the install, I download the update and when i install he said couldnt open ( 8007000d ) please help me, is the problem in my phone or is the problem from microsoft, thnks
  • Stupid Microsoft.  How many times have I installed updates to my various Apple iOS devices and they never once failed.  Try it on my Lumia 920 and I get......... The update was downloaded, but couldn't be opened. (8007000d) Tried it three times so far, tried rebooting then downloading again...... fails every time.  The downloader is even so stupid that it has to repeat its enormous download every time before going thru the "Preparing to install" up to 100% before it fails. 
  • Is there still no way to attach files (other than photos) from the Mail app directly? This is about the only thing I'm missing from 8.1!
  • My photos and camera app are missing. I'm real concerned. Help please.
  • Report and search for issues.
    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-us/home?forum=winphoneosissue...
  • i am approximately 8 hours ahead of your time zone but checking this morning right about.......... NOW!!!!!!
  • HTC 8S support?
  • I got 80072ee2 notification. Been looking out to fix it but still cant figure it out.
  • Complete failure,will not install on my phone at all,don't know if this is the low specs of the device or the store being down issue,but I have been getting nothing but errors when it comes to the install.As this is my development phone I don't think I want to try it out on my other mobile at all,at least not until general release. Its a shame after all the hype about the update and how it will run on anything using WP8 that it won't install.
  • Anyone get VPN functions working? PPTP or openVPN? If so, what was the trick?
  • Lumia 920 here. I think that colors is less saturated after update,almost like true black function is lost somehow.
  • This update is just plain awesomeness
  • Yes, I've updated my Lumia 920, but now it's impossible to enter into the store. I've read that it happened to a lot of people in Europe.
  • Still no separate volume control for Alarm.
    Where is "," on my front keyboard when texting and mailing?
  • Settings>>Keyboard>>Advance>>Show a comma key when available
  • Orange said that they'll void my warranty if I update my phone via Preview for Developers... Well, looks like I'll get the update around july(2015)... Have Fun! :))
  • Does wp8.1 has different volume setting for the music and phone ringer? I can't find it,for ringer is still set at the level as my music plays. Am i doing it wrong. Please HELP.
  • You have to hold or move the volume rocker on the phone. You'll see a lil arrow pointing down, tap that to open the controls for ringer and apps. The great thing about this is that whenever you reboot the phone, your ringer volume stays at the same level you've set it to....No need to turn the volume back up to where you had it before. :)
  • But the player volume and ringer volume are still same.. what i did was. 1 restated the phone and set the volume to 20. 2 Give a ring from to the phone and it ringed at 20 3 open the music app and it will show the volume level at 20. 4 reduce the volume of the music to 1. 5 ring again the ring volume is also 1 not 20 as it was set before. sitll both volume are same. Am i doing it wrong. i could not find any setting for adjusting the ringer volume alone.
  • Updated two devices, wife's 720 and an 820 belonging to my sis. Loved every bit of it except the social integration that was earlier present, i hope it improves with further releases. Now just waiting for the L930 to be released here so that i can put my good old L800 to rest ;)
  • I can't get Cortana to work. And the now playing section sucks. I enjoyed being able to have my phone unlocked and swiping through the songs while driving.
  • I feel like I am using a real smartphone now :) Notification Center is very good. Cortana is fun to use. I am forward to see her in my language as well.  But I have some crticis  -Battery life is real bad. Maybe It will rstore after couple of charges and a SR but for the time being it is awful.  -I could not understand why I have to go settings to turn Wi-Fi off when I have a toggle button in notification center.  -App search button is on the top of the screen in App List screen. Search bar could be placed bottom of the screen instead of top.  -It seems faster in Lumia 920. But sometimes, it freezes. I do not know whether Nokia firmware will address this issue. 
  • Anyone else getting 1GB of Settings data? Is it normal?
  • ..done on my 820...it feels like the OEM update... BTW, I'm in the Philippines...this update ROCKS!
  • Xbox music slower and how to setup radio station????
  • Hey, I am new to this preview thing. Can somebody help me in that.
     
  • Hey, I am new to this preview thing. Can somebody help me in that.
     
  • The update is damn good at developer mode I know few tweaks are still required but as for the preview the update is awesome. Now we need app updates
  • +720 very smooth...
  • I installed the update since the first few hours of when it was released, loving everything about it, it's fluid, can't see crashes or bugs so far .. one thing that really ruined my day was Cortana, It seems that I'm not able to get it to work on my phone NO MATTER WHAT I DO, changed region, keyboard, and phone language but still can't see it ... And that really makes me a little bit sad about this update.
    You guys got similar problem? What did you do to fix it?
  • I'm not a fan of the Facebook app intergration and it would be cool have a toggle button to hide battery, wifi, 4G etc.. like it use to do. It would also be awesome to swipe up to close apps not down, it feels more natural IMO. I also have a few problems... Websites always go to mobile version even though in the setting it's set to desktop version, and Cortana wont do web searches, she says "I can't seem to connect right now. Try again in a little bit." Other then that i LOVE the update. Thank you Microsoft!
  • It's installing right now. It'll be another 15-30mins until I can use WP8.1.   I was originally gonna wait until my carrier would push the final version of 8.1 over the air, but after waiting a while to get the Black update on my Lumia 520 I decided to go ahead and download 8.1.   I'll have to change my location to the US just so I can get acquainted with Cortana. I can't wait to try out some Halo references! :D
  • The Update is really Awesome. The only dislike is the Music app which i use very frequently and it just too slow. Also missing the artist background on the lock screen. Live tiles also shows no love.  :(
  • Try GoMusic for a music player. i think its very good one.
  • Why not put the mobile link in links?
  • Love it on my 1020!!
  • Screw it.  Nokia and TMO don't seem interested in giving me a break.  So I broke it myself.  Yay 8.1. 
  • Iam not getting notification for facebook
  • when RTM will be published any method to upgrade to RTM from preview?
  • Option 4: Yes. But Cortana only wants to be my friend if I pretent to be a US citizen like some sort of illegal.
  • hows the new music player...any improvements....??  
  • I downloaded an update but it wasn't 8.1 :| checking again for other update
  • After upgrading WP8.1, the "double tap to wake up" feature is not available on my Lumia 520. How do I get it again? Do i need to install the Black update?
  • Absolutely love this update.There are just a few minor things which could have been improved,such as Cortana,which IMO,should have been made available to everyone irrespective of where they are at the time of release itself.The battery,wi-fi indicators are on the screen more often than i would have liked and the ability to attach multiple docs to mail should have been included. Anyways,for what it is,hats off to WP team for a great update.My phone is really fast, fluid with much better battery life than what i used to get Hope Nokia won`t delay the firmware upgrade . 
  • What is the file size for this update??
  • I dont know but after i downloaded 8.1 my screen become crazy like hell
  • Overall is great. I am still missing the ability to edit/delete emails on WP outlook before forwarding. As a business mobile: we need this feature. Surprised that MS did not implement yet. Even there is no clear answer whether they have plans to implement or not to begin with. Thanks MS anyway for this update.
  • Enjoying the new features. Specially Cortana.
  • I want the Podcast app for Windows 8!!!!!!
  • Another design drag: it used to take two motions to go to silent mode: hit the volume key, and touch the ring (or silent) word that appeared at the top of the screen. Now it takes three to get there, past the clumsy looking dual volume slider thing that shows up. Less efficient, and way uglier.
  • Please make the minor tweaks to the start screen tile.. Although we can now add backgrounds to our tiles, I still feel that they could have done with extra colour palate.. I would have love have seen a variation of colours accents like a shade of green or even a selection of multiple coloured tiles. I know that you guys would probably say that accent colour goes through the whole UI including the colour of Cortana but still. I attached an example..
    http://img0.etsystatic.com/il_fullxfull.231329192.jpg
    Also if your choosing a background I wish some of the tiles would be see-through e.g. Like the Games and Music tiles.
  • First up, this is what you call an update. Its got everything except the kitchen sink and then some. 10 things that I liked - 1. New boot logo - resembles Windows now. 2. Less time migrating data during updates. 3. Start Backgrounds with option of more tiles (not using often though). 4. Notification centre (although didnt feel the need during WP 8.0, now its kinda indispensable). 5. Cortana (obviously). 6. It really feels FASTER :D 7. IE 11 performance is great. 8. Independant volume controls. 9. New Store layout and and auto/manual app updates. 10. Independant core system apps (Calendar is now..wait..a real calendar..yaay!!) and plugin nature of SNS apps. 10 things that I didnt like / should be improved upon - 1. It heats up the phone much more and drains the battery than what WP8.0 used to do for the same workload. Battery saver points to Cortana as the guzzler. Will try a soft reset and full charge later in the day. 2. Almost no improvements to the stock mail app. No Rich text formatting (please let me know if someone sees this) or editing of forwarded emails. Dunno whether its separated like Mail, Calendar,Messaging like in Windows 8.1. C'mon MS.... 3. Photo Hub's beauty and aesthetics have been ditched for a leaner photo viewer. 4. No direct posting of FB status without the main FB app installed. The previous integration was a true differentiator for WP although sometimes it would breakdown due to backend changes at FB / MS. It ironically doesnt recognize the FB beta app but insists only on the final FB app. But once that is done, you get choices to open the post in both :| 5. Music Hub is plain slow. I have to test it fully but first impressions are not very endearing. 6. Store down since update. Could be a backend problem at MS as region changes normally dont affect the way in which the store functions except for currency and region specific apps shown. 7. WiFi togging could be better. You can turn on WiFi directly from the Action Centre but cannot turn it off without being redirected into the WiFi settings page. 8. File Manager (at least a basic one) should have been included. Not a deal breaker but hey, we had high hopes ! 9. Option to add more toggles to the Action Centre should have been there. Cellular data toggle is missing for no apparent reason. 10. Miracast should have been enabled for MSM8960 chipsets (the specs say it definitely supports Miracast). Those were just some of the positives and negatives. But overall its a much better OS now. Its leaps and bounds better than its predecessor and it can only improve with time. Most of the negatives I observed were not dealbreakers (except may be for the Music app) and can easily be fixed or improved in subsequent GDRs or individual core app updates. So to all those who have downloaded, enjoy the new OS and Cortana's company. Cheers.!! Lumia 920, India.
  • Plz help! I can't install the update! The update downloads successfully, but when it's time to install it says that it can not open it!!! What can I do??? H E L P !!!!!
  • And me is it the problem but I didnt know how to regulary this problems,
  • Black theme + black background = awesome. Wish all of the tiles were transparent though, or atleast the ones for the Nokia or MS apps.
  • Hey guys I'm new here, I want to know why is it that every time I ask Cortana something she brings up a bing search instead of talking? When I ask her the stuff I saw on videos like “Tell me a joke” Instead of telling me one she brings up a bing search?
  • I'll try in my 920 once I have my next phone (which is very soon). I can't afford a non-functioning phone.
  • I know how you feel. I am a registered dev, and the last time I tried one of these my camera flash broke and the entire motherboard had to be replaced....but I really want it :P
  • Great even the cursors does not work... Way to save up the OS
  • cursor works fine for me
  • No fking cursor also anymore ... Fb chat and messenger also gone
  • Why did microsft remove some of the best bits, so today am going to buy 1.Samsung Galaxy 5 or iPhone 5, am going to move away from windows mobile/phone after been with them for years. 
  • What features? Facebook integration? You buy your phone because of facebook?