We’re just days away from Microsoft’s BUILD 2014 conference and there’s a lot of anticipation and excitement about the announcements that are expected. Nokia has also scheduled a press event on the sidelines of BUILD 2014 where it may unveil new Lumia smartphones. Microsoft is expected to talk in detail about Windows Phone 8.1, its next major update for the mobile platform. A new report claims that the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview release has been scheduled for April 10th.

The Developer Preview Program can be accessed through an app available on the Windows Phone Store. Microsoft opens up the program to anyone who has a free App Studio account. Those looking to get their hands on Windows Phone 8.1 before official updates are rolled out will be allowed to install the firmware on any Windows Phone 8 device, so one can imagine why Windows Phone fans must be anxiously waiting for the Developer Preview.

Earlier this week it was reported that Microsoft has finished core development of Windows Phone 8.1, and that only a few bugs remain which will be fixed by the secondary team. Yesterday a report claimed that Windows Phone 8.1 has already been released to manufacturers. The first WP 8.1 powered devices are expected to be released later in April as well.

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