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While it hasn’t been long since Microsoft started the global roll out of Windows Phone 8.1 the company has already been working on the next major update for the platform. Known as Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 or GDR1 the update is going to bring a handful of new features for Microsoft’s mobile platform. Before it pushes out the update to end users the company has now released said update to developer preview users.

Soon after Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 8.1 earlier this year it opened up a developer preview program through which anyone with a supported device could use the new software. Microsoft opens up the developer preview for everyone so you don’t necessarily need to be a developer in order to get your hands on the beta software.

There have been multiple reports from folks who had installed Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview that they have now received the GDR1 update. One of the biggest features included in the update is Live Folders which allows users to create folders dynamically on the start screen. SMS merge and forwarding, apps corner and more. The update should also bring Cortana support for UK and China apart from opening up the U.S. version of Cortana to users in Australia, Canada and India for the first time.

Microsoft is likely going to go through the feedback it receives from the developer preview users prior to pushing out the update for all end users. Hopefully when it does that there won’t be any bugs or issues with the update.

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