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Microsoft shares details on when Windows Phone 8.1 will roll out in India

Microsoft India has stated the timeframe for the roll out of Windows Phone 8.1... in India anyway. The company teased on Twitter that consumers residing in the region will receive the highly anticipated update in the first two weeks of July. There are no exact details as to when everyone will receive the download since it still depends on local carriers and whatnot, but at least there's a clear idea as to the timeframe.

This isn't to say the worldwide rollout of Windows Phone 8.1 will commence within the first two weeks of July, but it certainly fits in with what we're expecting, especially with the next major version kicking its support cycle off last week. Not to mention select markets already receiving the update as part of a pilot program, but we'll have to see as more markets are included.

We'll keep an eye out for more details as we approach July. What are you looking forward to most in Windows Phone 8.1?

Source: Microsoft India (Twitter), via: Softpedia

Rich Edmonds
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Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

343 Comments
  • Yes!!
  • Preference India - accomplished :)
  • Switch region to India Then Back To US :D Lucky for my Unlocked Phone
  • It doesn't matter your phone region. You would need to flash you phone with an Indian firmware.
  • Does that even work?
      Still waiting here in Germany...the core & heart of the EU...
    And India is getting it prior to us...
  • Germany is the core and heart of the EU..... lol?
  • Actually, economically, militarily, technologically, yes!
  • Not militarily and technologically. France is higher (not to speak about UK)
  • Dont forget Windows phone is 2nd largest os in India
  • Can anybody share correct information when will 8.1 version roll out in India for 1520 users! Please share I am eagerly waiting for that!
  • India is getting the priority because of the concentration of Windows Phone users. Windows Phone has the second largest market share in India.
  • That's a point, you're right.
    Didn't thought of that.  By the way, I did not want to offend any Indian by my comment.
    I just wondered, because Germany & the EU are big markets.
  • Also it's easy easier in India. No carrier issues. All phones are unlocked
  • Yeah...you are right..but this may be due to increasing windows phones customers in India. 
  • After this update for Indian users will they be get to use Cortana in India region
  • No buddy, Cortana is only available in US for now but will be available for India tentatively in the next 6 months.
  • That's true
  • So what else is coming in next update-the 8.1 update?
  • Is it Germany where largest no of WP are sold ?? No
  • ok, relax now. the release of the update has nothing to do with the "power" of a country!!! Some perceptions will never change....
  • I think your 70 years too late and even then they were wrong.
  • Ha-ha! Good 1, m8 =)))
  • Yeah we are. You got a problem with that "ThePrayer" ?
  • No Dude, I'm happy for you! :)
    I love India, sorry for that misunderstanding!  I just can't wait to get it here in Germany! :)
  • Its all about numbers, our android user base is larger than your population. The current WP userbase will be significantly larger than yours, so you tell me if this is making sense or not. Cheers.
  • Well, that's true!  :)
  • Glad! This time, they preferred India instead US :P
  • One thing to note, in india phones are not carrier locked so no issues with carrier when Microsoft wants to give the model an update. .
  • Hallelujah!! I wonder when Cortana arrives in India!!
  • Don't care, already using it, and yes,I live in India,
  • Cortana is arriving in January in India if that Nokia salesman is right!
  • Finally, she is pronouncing my name right. Phonetically correct.
  • Check out "killerwpv2" for Windows Phone http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=437ab181-735d-4fe0-bea3-8a8563903d51
    ..... Thread first virus for WP ... Try it I u want ...
  • You should already have it. The preview is out!!!!
  • And Att? Come on!
  • Is it even conceivable AT&T won't be dead last to release?
  • I'm having doubts whether at&t will update the 920; it's more than 18 months old.
  • I downloaded the developer preview long ago than to wait on those jerk offs at ATT. I think the developer preview is just Microsoft's way of saying you don't have to wait on them unofficially.
  • Thanks god I got a 1520 already, tho hoping my 920 can be updated.
  • I just hope ATT doesn't remove data sense. I needed this long ago and really helps me manage my 3gb a month data usage. I was always cautious, now I can actually use what I pay for!
  • ATT gave us GDR3 + Lumia Black within a few weeks of the start of the rollout. Hopefully that's a good sign about 8.1
  • Wooohooo
  • Hurrayy!!
  • Great!!!
  • Indeed, now question is can we expect the launch of Lumia 930 by that time
  • I'm waiting for the same too. They are too late... I was expecting MS would already launch another flagship device by now but yeah I should've not expected that from MS :/
  • I think its the time when other OEM 's are releasing there windows phone, so may be MS is waiting for the right time to release new flagship wp
  • Once WP8.1 comes out to India.. Do I have to wait for Nokia Cyan to roll out as well or can i get wp8.1 minus Nokia Cyan?
  • Official WP 8.1 update will have Nokia Cyan along with it... If you don't want Nokia Cyan than you can just get WP 8.1 Preview for Developers...
  • So that means I'll still have to wait for it to be released for L520 specifically like amber and black.
  • I m very eagerly awaiting for the update in India for my Lumia 520.
  • Same Yeah...
  • Bhai, awaiting Kay baad for nahi aata. Tang nahi kar raha, sikha raha hun Hindi mein.
  • *Tang BEECH mein nahi aada raha..Bass hindi mein sikha raha hun!!
  • Yeh hindi nahi hai hinglish hai... यह हिंदी है
  • LoL
  • lol
  • Lol
  • 4th lol
  • लोल ! :P
  • Nice...
  • Looks like only Rich is working today...
  • It will be the first time that India I getting something before other places on the world :D
  • Hahaha... Sympathies of satya nadella
  • What are you saying?? People are complaining that more of Indian apps are being covered than for the rest of the places!!
  • I am not Arab, but want to show you a comparison. There are tons of apps coming out in the middle eastern countries everyday for WP, how many do you see get covered here, compared to apps from India. Kia baat karte ho!
  • How are we gonna know that?? We see mostly articles like-- "Official app of/from....released in India" by-Abhishek Baxi..Ab whan ka kaise pata chalega??
  • I wonder what apps do Arab countries use, prayer timings, oil level measurement, for how many months before you ditch the current Lexus for a land rover, or how to confiscate the papers of migrant workers to blackmail into practical slavery
  • Technically, it doesn't mean that India is getting it before other countries, it just mean that the rollout process is starting very soon. Anyway, I'm really happy for you, guys! India is definitely an important market for Windows Phone. :)
  • Yep, the second largest market in the world. Great news :D
  • New app folders (like IOS has) are coming to Windows Phone 8.1 http://wmpoweruser.com/native-app-folders-coming-to-windows-phone-with-i...
  • I also read this. Looking forward to it.. Great June
  • Something doesn't seem right... not sure what though.
  • It's given in WP website..seems true.
  • I would hate it if they did that. I highly doubt they would anyway.
  • We had something much better than folders, they were called Hubs.....so missed :'(
  • Ding ding ding, and the 12 gun salute solemnly sounds true
  • This seems true as our is given in WP website
    http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/How-to/wp8/settings-and-personalizatio...
  • That would be awesome! 
  • Using preview for wp8.1, but still waiting for official one..
  • Lol same here!
  • Same here !
  • Hey long time no see... Remember?
  • Oh I guess you're the one on twitter :p
  • Glad you could remember ;)
  • The preview is official
  • @hprvez the preview can't be official , we can call the version we're. Using WP 8.1 beta
  • It's official in the sense that it has been issued by Microsoft, but it is not the full version, which will come with new firmware from Nokia in the form of Cyan.
  • Yup
  • am in india on idea network having a belgium rom, always recieved updates before india, now that ms has taken over i wonder when will i get it :)  l620 i hope they wont leave out l620 like they did with black
  • Yeah that wasn't a very nice move was it?
    +620
  • nope that was not +620
  • What man?
    Help me iam a noob XD
  • juuuuuuuuust in time.  althought no, it wouldnt depend on any carrier. The phones sold here all come sim-free (no contract/PayG).. so we'll get it when MSFT releases it :P  
  • Wow... That's cool ...
    For those who are said that., Indians have to wait for long time to get the update should close their ass now...
    Chak De...
  • Yehhhhhh! :)
  • I want notificationcenter and custom notificationsounds (WP8.1). Well, just wait and see when WP8.1 hits HTC 8X in The Netherlands on T-Mobile. O, and wait .... universal apps. Missing out on them right now.
  • Hey bud, the Netherlands are good in futbol, my respects but you guys are about to lose to my Mexican team. It's gonna be a good game.
  • No way.
  • Yes, be overconfident, that's it... then when you don't expect it...BAM!! Mexico wins :D
  • Well, I guess I had it backwards, though that last penalty was clearly a dive..
  • Yeah, the penalty ruined the game which was well fought by both.
  • Mexis gonna blow NE-THEIR-LANDS... lol...
  • Yay party!! :D :P
  • Many thanks for giving the date. Waiting with my Lumia 925
  • Roll out full to 1 country and move on from there
  • Yes its true.. In INDIAN region there will be no carrier problem..
    Only thing is Higher version phones like 1520, 1020 will receive the update first and it ends with 520, 525 & so on...
  • No!! 520,,525,,720..1020,,1320,,1520----That's gonna be the order as more of lower end phones are sold here!!
  • Nopse it will be exactly the reverse I guess. It will start off with the high end phones and then go to the lower end.
  • You missed 620 buddy
  • Just one more day to go and then its July but I think the update will start on Thursday or Weekend of Frist week
  • I think it'll be 1520, 520, 925, 920, 525, 720, 1020, 625, 620
  • 1320 too there in the list ;)
  • Something “pretty amazing” is coming to Windows Phone: http://wmpoweruser.com/something-pretty-amazing-is-coming-to-windows-phone/
  • More color options?! Yay! :D
  • I hope gdr2 can bring interactive live tiles
  • CANT WAIT!! Mabe 3-D touch!!?
  • I was thinking the same but I guess WPC already covered that...
  • Yea I know..that comes before December, then the sales gonna go up like anything during Xmas!!
  • Yes, lets hope MS gears their delivery up!
  • Awesome!!!! 
  • I hope this includes the following
    * interactive tiles
    *960x540 screen resolution
    * integrated stylus support
    * over lap functionality of apps, like fb chat heads and floating window features
    * resizable keyboard (essential for phablet size devices) or perhaps support for third party keyboards
    * universal apps
    * LG and Sony devices
    * more background themes apart from the current black and white
    * more toggles in notification center
    * more open file structure
    * lock screen getting more options
  • Its 3d touch rocks windows phone sucks android
  • So are you saying WP sucks or the other way around ? android sucks ?
  • I think he's saying WP rocks because of 3D touch (to be released) and android sucks maybe?
  • I guess it's "android sucks" 
  • Oh I dream of a world where updates and new devices roll out world wide equally and without hindrance from telecoms... Oh what a world it would be.
  • With MS now officially owning the Nokia handset division, I hope that we can bypass the carriers altogether.  The Developer Preview allows us to bypass the carriers and get the OS early. Now if we could only get the firmware at the same time so the OS "talks" properly to the hardware, all would be well in the world.
  • It's a Dream World for sure!
  • We, in India, don't have any problem like that. By chosing a carrier locked phone, do you get any advantage? I guess the only one is that the cost is less. Is it considerably less? Why don't you chose an unlocked phone? First of all, are there unlocked phones available?
  • Ohoooo waiting with my 925.... And the best part is their is no carrier crap in India.....
  • Yeah!
  • +Airtel
  • +Docomo
  • Reliance
  • wow thats great news... :)
  • thanks for the microsoft developer preview program, it doesnt matter whenever the actual release is. i only want app for wifi file transfer. :(
  • Yeah.. Me too... But I don't think that's possible in WP, Is it?
  • try easy transfer app, i dont know what you meant exactly by wifi file transfer.But you can transfer files between pc and wp by that app via any browser using wifi no  need of usb cable
  • I think he's talking about mobile to mobile transfer.. Eg.Superbeam in android.
  • by wifi transfer they mean the "wifi direct"(u can find it in samsung handsets) function by which u can transfer any kind of files between 2 devices using wifi length or something like that, not wifi internet zone
  • Um...OneDrive? ;)
  • Awesome finally, My lumia 925 has be complaining about my insistently pressing check update button hehe...
  • Nice to see comments like "Switch region to India Then Back To US ... "!! feeling happy to see the usual US previlege shade off..!!!!    C'mon INDIA............!!!!!! 
  • Calm down please
  • Let him..These privileges don't come often!!
  • It's only one comment, and it's not gonna work...
  • Yeah but these are OS updates. You don't get it sooner by changing regions unlike the Store apps. The update server is in the ROM which needs to be changed to the corresponding country if you want early official system updates.
  • Hope so the update will kill off all the bugs which are present in the Developer Preview. Sometimes the Start Screen shows Loading...., and those annoying dots irritate me... :/
  • I haven't seen that problem on my 1020 with the 8.1 preview. But yes, the official release should be relatively bug free.
  • Btw we don't have the carrier problem here ...pheww...
  • Thats a great news now! Will expct it in the first week of july
  • "Something Amazing is coming" says Microsoft
  • Turkey?
  • I prefer Chicken myself. :D
  • I'll laugh, just remind me alright
  • is there any way to put likes on a comment? :D
  • me too.. ;P
  • He means the country, but you don't have the ability to get it, do you?
  • No, I am completely devoid of intelligence and sarcasm to get it.
    I'm sorry but this user base is lacking in any form of humour. This wasn't the case when I first joined up because it was a fun place to hang out to chat about Windows Phone. However, it has recently become a hot bed of Windows Phone Fanboys and fanatics.
  • Roasted for me
  • Operators don't matter in India, Rich. They don't have any say in updates.
  • Yup that is the main reason why India is getting is first. Mobile manufacturers solely control updates and bug fixing on their handsets. So no middle companies like at&t are involved.
  • Will the Nokia Lumia 630 receive any update along with the Cyan update for the existing WP8 devices?  
  • wait & see 
  • I think it will receive some bug fixes, nothing major.. let's see
  • @Shiba_Ranjan
    Where is your source? It is no use saying"I think".
    @Shashank,
    What makes you think the 930 will get another update above and beyond all other Lumia phones?
  • Am not working with wpcentral or any tech site that I have a source or something, I just expressed what I thought, am not claiming it to be right.
  • The power of an Indian-American CEO, Satya Nadella. God bless Microsoft!
  • This is much better than the old system, where bald people got all the updates first.
  • Yeaaah !!!! Oh wait I already have the dev preview ...fine
  • But you don't have the Nokia Cyan Firmware which is really important for stability. ;)
  • Not by much 
  • @Yousef Kawmi, And you know this by what exactly? Have you been testing Cyan by any chance? No, of course you haven't but you do love to speculate for the sake of posting a comment.
    Seriously, if people want to comment then by all means do so, buy only if you are equipped with the facts to do so. Otherwise don't bother, because you sound like a bunch of attention seekers.
  • I've 630 which does have Cyan, it's just like my other 520 and 620
    do you accept my comment now ? or should i cry ?
    and you do look now like attention wh*** seeker
  • I hope it addresses the battery drain issue, I am not using developer preview, but I have read about it. Hopefully it addresses all the loose ends.
  • It's already been addressed previous month by a small update from MS..now its good
  • thanks for the info..
  • @Shiba Ranjan,
    I'm sorry, but reading about something is not the same as actually trying it out for yourself. Therefore you shouldn't remark on something you haven't experienced for yourself.
    I have been using the preview for some months now and haven't seen any problems with battery drain, or at least anything out of the ordinary.
    However, considering the preview had been available for months now, I can't see you bothering to try it out, now that it's official release is imminent.
  • while I agree with you there that reading about something and trying it out are different, that doesn't mean I can't ask something or say something about what I read.
  • No no no...
    Developer preview is just a sample version given by M.S When u get CYAN Update,
    It'll Provide u Full Featured W.P 8.1
    &
    it'll Enhance ur CAMERA Features, and others like Lock Screen features, battery stability, & also this update helps us to get much awaited personal assistant CORTANA... As for the info available,
    for INDIAN region CORTANA will be available by August or September... And in this CYAN UPDATE
    NOKIA / M.S mainly concentrated on HIGHER END phones.. So wait for the much Awaited Updates
  • I will hate microsoft if they release update in US before india.
  • All thanks to satya nadella :P
  • India FTW
    Jai Hind :D
  • Exactly the article I was waiting for
  • Same here
  • If it is going to release in India first...then sure something good is coming for us Indians in future...:dancing: