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Windows Phone GDR3 Preview forum now open!

Microsoft today announced the Windows Phone GDR3 Preview, enabling those with developer accounts to try out the update before it goes live later today. As well as content creators, enthusiasts who have a developer subscription or are registered with the Windows Phone App Studio ( program can also get involved.

Be sure to read through our detailed article for more details on the program itself and how you can get it. We thought it would it be great to open up a new forum to help you all join in the discussion, share your experiences.

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Head on over to the Windows Phone GDR3 Preview forum to join in the discussion.

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.

  • OH, SNAP! :-P
  • please, i just need  clarification: This WILL void my warranty, but only until the official OTA upgrade comes out... is this correct?
  • @Rich Edmonds: Ive been looking for an answer all day... please, I just need  clarification: This WILL void my warranty, but only until the official OTA upgrade comes out, so once the official OTA and bittersweet shimmer come out, Ill be able to upgrade to them and the warranty will be back in order... is this correct?
  • Lol @this, I thought the same
  • Me too x)
  • Its live!!
  • Enrolled and about to check for updates! Thanks for the link!
  • Hello
  • Is it me you're looking for?
  • I can see it in your eyes.
  • Creepy, song about a teacher stalking a blind underage student. Only lionel richie can pull this off!
  • You obviously dont get the song, its probably way above your head. It has a lot of meaning. The real point of the song is that love is blind, especially for underage blind girls and the groping teachers that they trust.
  • Whatever man.
  • Whatever your whatever times 2
  • :-)
  • Anyone know if supported hardware will get more tiles?
  • Devices with 720p-screens and higher
  • Is it gdr 3 or blue feature
  • Gdr3 not 8.1 I believe
  • gdr3
  • It should technically be 768p. Which theoretically means 8X and Ativ S are left out. At least, that's what I read. Maybe its just an irrelevant technicality though.
  • pls pls pls i cant handle if it hasnt more tiles dont do that
  • Can we get a walkthrough video soon please please :)
  • ^ this
  • +920
  • +1
  • YEAH!
  • + 1.
    Video would be great!
  • +927.5
  • Walkthrough of what? The forums? The install? The features? Bing it. Tons out there.
  • Misleading picture as this isn't Bittersweet Shimmer!
  • This FEELS positive, since quite sometime(ever since the sale of Nokia to M$), let me register and check this out.
  • The sale hasn't happened yet.
  • This will be asking for too much,i know,but maybe which device will get what,from 520 to 1020?
  • That seems like a question better answered in a forum post imo
  • Followed your advice. Thanks
  • I'm ready I'm ready I'm ready
  • < Trolled
  • So what happens after I update, Will my phone still tell me an update is available when the new firmware is released. Just wandering if I'm on gdr3, will it know to update the firmware
  • Thats what it sounds like.  At that time you'll also receive Bittersweet Shimmer if you're using a Nokia.
  • the update is live later today?!
  • Only if you are a dev, have a dev account or have an app store account like the other blog posts have already stated
  • Will Microsoft send an email to the people who have at least one of those conditions? :)
  • This is a smart move for MS. Considering that developers are essential for a better OS it's good to see them support us :D
  • It's live!!!
  • I have good feeling, official GDR3 will released on October 22 since Dubai going to lunch new product., I think?
  • Don't forget the carrier rollout as well. AT&T should be Mid 2014.
  • Received mine today on my 920 with AT&T.
  • Don't tease me like that!
  • Hope Microsoft continues this, as when 8.1 is announced, I would love to do the same thing.
  • +620
  • installing now! No more waiting for AT&T to get updates = win!
  • I'm not sure if this will include the goodness Nokia put up in Amber.
  • No, this is only the MS GDR 3 update. Nokias Bittersweet Shimmer will be released separately at a later date.
  • Mine is downloading now.
  • Installing it now. So far it's been about 5 minutes and is at 98%.
    Will report any odd findings in Forums
  • Its live
  • Downloading now!!!
  • I have an account in the windows phone app studio..i don't see an option to "unlock" my Lumia 920 so I can get the update? How are y'all enabling the download?
  • you downlaod the software and there is a program to unlock your phone
  • From where do you download?
    Hope this will work for you.
  • When will this get pushed out to the public other than this method? The article made it sound like it was being generally released later today.
  • When your carrier releases it.
  • It will be available in nokia lumia 620
  • No new icons on my Ativ S
  • Migrating data now :)
  • When the OTA update will arrive ??
  • Am done...but can't attach office files....
  • Goto the files in your SkyDrive, open a file, click on options and select share. You can then choose the method such as email and it will attach the file. Like you I opened an email and clicked on attach. It does not appear that you can attach anything other than pictures this way. You can only attach files if you initiate from SkyDrive.
  • Just updated my Samsung Ativ S and it works like a charm :D  
  • Downloaded on my AT&T 920. The driving mode looks sweet!
  • What does the custom tones thing mean, my IM s are still coming as the the previous default tone
  • Now, with all these new developers, it would be awesome if someone could develop an app that mimics DataSense for all of us att branded folks (I'm on an MVNO so MyATT isn't an option and ive heard it pales in comparison anyways). Android has a plethora of data usage apps. Is WP8 just too locked down for us to do the same in any meaningful way?