Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 8.1 release scheduled for 24th June

We saw Microsoft unveil Windows Phone 8.1 at its BUILD 2014 conference a few weeks ago. The latest version of Microsoft’s mobile OS has a raft of improvements that belie its 0.1 version number increment so many WP users are eagerly awaiting its arrival. Now we have learned that users should get the update officially over-the-air as early as June this year.

Windows Phone 8.1 notifications and toggles

Windows Phone 8.1 notifications and toggles

The headlining new features for Windows Phone 8.1 upgraders are as follows:

  • Cortana, the most intelligent personal assistant software yet
  • Word flow keyboard, a soft-keyboard which is claimed to be world’s fastest mobile input method
  • Action Centre, it’s about time Microsoft implemented a proper notification centre and here it is, with access to all the usual toggles too
  • Customisation, much more lock screen and start screen customisation possibilities.
  • Data sense, helping you keep within your cellular limits

While anyone has been able to register as a developer then download and install Windows Phone 8.1 (WP8.1) since shortly after BUILD, many users would rather wait for the official update as it doesn’t void any warranty and comes with any official network tweaks which may or may not be important to you.

Windows Phone 8.1 backdrop icon transparency

Windows Phone 8.1 backdrop icon transparency

The new date on Microsoft’s website mentions support for WP8.1 starting on 24th June. This is thought to coincide with the launch of Nokia/Microsoft’s upcoming flagship Lumia 930 smartphone.

I’m looking forward to installing and using this major features update on my Lumia 925, what about you the Tech Assimilate readers?

Mark Tyson

Mark has worked for a number of years as a newshound on other technology news websites. He decided to write for Tech Assimilate thanks to this web site's open embracing vision of the fascinating world of personal technology. Mark has also worked in the printing and advertising industries for tens of years previously.

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