Feeds

Microsoft issues update for buggy WinPhone 8.1 mega-update

Turns out even devs don't like having their batteries killed

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Microsoft has issued an update to the Developer Preview edition of Windows Phone 8.1, but so far it hasn't given much indication as to what has changed.

The new release is available as an over-the-air update to customers who already have the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview installed.

"This update includes several improvements based on the feedback we've received, and we're happy to be rolling it out after just one month," Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc said in a blog post on Tuesday, but he didn't specify what those improvements were.

Redmond released the preview in mid-April exclusively for registered Windows Phone developers and for anyone with a "developer unlocked" handset.

If you did install it, you risked seriously borking your device. Not all of the device drivers for every Windows Phone handset are available yet, and once you load the preview, there's no way to revert to an earlier version of the OS.

Still, the new features that Microsoft demoed at this year's Build conference were reason enough for some daring souls to take the plunge. Chief among them is Cortana, Redmond's voice activated Siri-like personal assistant, but the new version also bundles Internet Explorer 11 and it adds a few welcome enterprise features, such as S/MIME encrypted email and improved VPN support.

But early reports revealed the prerelease version was less than a walk in the park – which is what you might expect of a release marked "Developer Preview," but still. Users said the preview burned through their phones' batteries and that some features present in previous versions of Windows Phones had been needlessly altered or removed outright.

Comments to LeBlanc's blog post claim the update seems to have fixed some bugs and has improved battery consumption, but until Redmond posts a detailed changelog, we can't be sure.

To receive the update, customers with the old Developer Preview build installed should go to "Phone Update" under their settings and click "Check for Updates." Once it's installed, the OS will report as build number 8.10.12382.878. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY
'Nerd release' finally staggers past 50 per cent adoption
Microsoft to bake Skype into IE, without plugins
Redmond thinks the Object Real-Time Communications API for WebRTC is ready to roll
Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all
Sneak peek at security features Redmond's baking into new OS
Mozilla: Spidermonkey ATE Apple's JavaScriptCore, THRASHED Google V8
Moz man claims the win on rivals' own benchmarks
FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on
Next driver to battle fake chips with 'non-invasive' methods
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
Ubuntu 14.10 tries pulling a Steve Ballmer on cloudy offerings
Oi, Windows, centOS and openSUSE – behave, we're all friends here
Was ist das? Eine neue Suse Linux Enterprise? Ausgezeichnet!
Version 12 first major-number Suse release since 2009
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
Simplify SSL certificate management across the enterprise
Simple steps to take control of SSL across the enterprise, and recommendations for a management platform for full visibility and single-point of control for these Certificates.