The Windows Phone Update 1 is still slated for an official release in the coming months, but everyone can nab the developer preview for free through Microsoft's Developer Preview program.
The update brings a host of new features and most notably for all users Live Folder to hold more multiple app Live Tiles.
Another keystone improvement of update 1 is the voice-controlled Cortana is finally making it over to other countries including UK and China as beta. Microsoft's virtual assistant will also be available as an opt-in alpha to users Australia, Canada, and India.
US Windows Phone 8.1 users, meanwhile, will be able to preview Cortana's new acting skill by asking her to do an impersonation of celebrities.
The Windows Phone 8.1 update 1 brings a host of other smaller improvements such as users getting the new found ability to delete or forward multiple selected SMS messages at a time.
Also on the docket are user-customizable snooze alarm settings and a better performing Xbox Music application with a flashier Live Tile. Enhanced security will improve the new Apps Corner for businesses and the Store Live Tile will have the added functionality of displaying updates for the latest apps.
- Here's our look at one of the latest Windows Phone 8.1 devices, the Nokia Lumia 930
Via The Verge