Windows Phone 8.1 is here, and if you’re a developer — or at least pretend to be — you can download it right now.
This is one of the most important software updates Microsoft has ever released, on both PC and mobile, as it jumps over a few important hurdles to reach feature parity with iOS and Android. While consumers will appreciate Cortana, the sassy voice assistant, and Action Center, there are a number of business-focused updates, including Enterprise VPN and S/MIME support, that will make the OS more attractive to corporations.
To download the update on any Windows Phone 8-based device is fairly straightforward, though you cannot return to your previous installed version once it’s complete. It will, however, upgrade to the carrier-released version of Windows Phone 8.1 — if and when it arrives — later this year. (more…)