A couple weeks ago at our Build 2014 conference, we announced Windows Phone 8.1 with tons of new capabilities for both consumers and enterprises. Yesterday, Windows Phone 8.1 was made available as a Developer Preview for developers and app builders that are registered in our Windows Phone Preview for Developers program.
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In this article, we’ll discuss how to get the new Developer Preview for Windows Phone 8.1 and I’ll also share some of my favorite new features!
Easy! You’ll need to register as either a Windows Phone Developer ($19 USD/year) - or - for a FREE App Studio account (yes, FREE!), and then download the Windows Phone Preview for Developers app to “opt-in” for receiving pre-release developer updates. After performing these steps, you'll be able to use the normal Settings > System > Phone update path on your phone to download and install the new Developer Preview.
Special notes: Before performing these steps, please be sure to read these Important Notes. Developer preview releases are intended to provide early access to new Windows Phone bits for developers that are building new apps. Installing a preview release on your device may void any warranty from your mobile operator and/or OEM.
Absolutely not! Anyone with an interest in building mobile apps can build no-code apps by leveraging App Studio for FREE! In fact, here's a sample app that I recently published to the Windows Phone store using App Studio ...
Learn more about building no-code apps with App Studio with these "How-to" tutorials. And ... if you're a teacher or educator, you can leverage this free 5-hour classroom curriculum with exercises to teach your students about building mobile apps.
If so, be sure to register for our free upcoming Microsoft Virtual Academy Jump Start event on Building Apps for Windows Phone 8.1 to learn more about the other new developer features.
Note that no prior experience developing Windows Phone 8 apps is required for this Jump Start event.
For more details on the new business-related features of Windows Phone 8.1, be sure to also check out these new whitepapers …
There’s so many new features to choose from, but if I have to narrow things down to just a few, I’d choose …
Here’s a few short videos that introduce each of my favorite features in more detail …
Download the Developer Preview release of Windows Phone 8.1 and share your favorite new features in the Comments area below!
Which new features do you enjoy most on Windows Phone 8.1?
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Keith Mayer is a Principal Technical Architect at Microsoft, focused on helping ISV partners leverage the Azure cloud platform. Keith has over 20 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of customers and partners worldwide on design of enterprise technology solutions.
Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including Azure, Private Cloud, System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint, SQL Server and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from VMware, IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.
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