Microsoft: Windows 8.1 will be available in June as a public preview

Speaking at the Wired Business Conference, Windows chief Julie Larson-Green has confirmed we'll see a public preview of Windows 8.1, codenamed "Blue," in June. The operating system is expected to be released to manufacturing in late summer and will bring a plethora of new features, including more customization options, new apps, and a modern file browser for the Start screen interface.

In the past weeks, we have seen a number of leaked builds of Windows 8.1, the most recent of which was build 9385. The builds have exposed numerous new features, including a new Start screen, a wider variety of customization options and an updated settings panel.

Larson-Green went on to talk about new hardware that we may see "in a few weeks." This likely refers to the smaller Windows 8 tablets that have been rumored for several months as well as new PCs that were shown off at Computex in June.

In addition to stating that Windows 8.1 will be available at BUILD, Larson-Green also talked briefly about the Start menu, saying that it would not be returning. What is important to note is that she did not say that the Start button was out of the question, so it could be possible that we will see the button's return much like the developer preview of Windows 8. This aligns to previous rumors regarding the Start button's return that indicated the button would simply return users to the Start screen.

Seeing that we will be getting our hands on the Public preview in late June, this makes it seem highly plausible that the rumors stating the platform would hit RTM in late summer are accurate. Knowing this, Microsoft's rapid release schedule is coming together nicely with the first major update arriving well before the product hits its one-year retail anniversary.

Source: Windows Blog

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john.smith_2084 said,
nothing to wait for, it is Windows 8 with more metro and a start button
no Glass interface = no deal

Wow. You're not running Windows 8 due to some visual neglect and ignoring other benefits? I feel sorry for you. Its much more appealing than that.

briangw said,
Wow. You're not running Windows 8 due to some visual neglect and ignoring other benefits? I feel sorry for you. Its much more appealing than that.

Having a sexy girlfriend that is ok and does good, or a very ugly girlfriend the does a lot?

john.smith_2084 said,

Having a sexy girlfriend that is ok and does good, or a very ugly girlfriend the does a lot?

Believe it or not, not everyone is vain and puts looks before anything else. I prefer function over form any day of the week. But Win8 doesnt offer that for me. Maybe Blue will change my mind...but we shall see.

john.smith_2084 said,

Having a sexy girlfriend that is ok and does good, or a very ugly girlfriend the does a lot?

Umm, last I checked, you don't "pay" for any girlfriend for life, unless you're into hookers.

tegument said,
"Larson-Green also talked briefly about the Start menu, saying that it would not be returning...indicated the button would simply return users to the Start screen." ....
this is already what has been indicated from the info leaks thus far...its all you start menu freaks that have been bitching for the past 6mos that got all excited and assumed the start menu was coming back...its isn't..deal w/ it u idiots...move into the future now w/ the rest of us...

Edited by Tegument, May 7 2013, 9:46pm :

Windows 8 is fine I love it. I use pokki.com to replace my start button because the charm bar thing is stupid on a desktop computer but is amazing on tablets . I may should like a Linux user because I am when I say you have the freedom to change and customize windows 8 to add a start menu back for free so why complain ? Just install a menu and move on.

"In addition to stating that Windows 8.1 will be available at BUILD, Larson-Green also talked briefly about the Start menu, saying that it would not be returning."

W00t! Final nail in the Start Menu coffin. Bring on Metro!

Dot Matrix said,
"In addition to stating that Windows 8.1 will be available at BUILD, Larson-Green also talked briefly about the Start menu, saying that it would not be returning."

W00t! Final nail in the Start Menu coffin. Bring on Metro!

Dot Matrix are you a double agent for Apple, or is your IQ really that low?
Metro fullscreen crap only means the end of MS.

Luke777 said,

Dot Matrix are you a double agent for Apple, or is your IQ really that low?
Metro fullscreen crap only means the end of MS.

MS would of been done after ME and Vista if that were true.

MS has a history of every other OS not being perceived well and/or selling well. Yet, they are still around.

techbeck said,

MS would of been done after ME and Vista if that were true.

MS has a history of every other OS not being perceived well and/or selling well. Yet, they are still around.

Exacly, and how did they do this in the past?
By listen to criticism.
Therefore I highly doubt ms will go Modern Ui only, any time soon.

Luke777 said,

Exacly, and how did they do this in the past?
By listen to criticism.
Therefore I highly doubt ms will go Modern Ui only, any time soon.

And they have with 8.1

Bring on Metro!

Luke777 said,

Therefore I highly doubt ms will go Modern Ui only, any time soon.

They already did. That is what Win8 is and was originally all about. As much as I do not care for the metro look, this is way different from their previous criticisms. They are trying to unite the phone, PC, and tablets with the same interface. And to do that, they are forcing people into the direction they want. This isnt like fixing vista's performance issues and hardware requirement issues with Win7. This is completely different.

As much as I dislike Metro, and think they would of done better keeping the start menu, I can understand what they are doing. And there are many FREE REPLACEMENT start apps out there that work just as good, if not better, than the original.

techbeck said,

They already did. That is what Win8 is and was originally all about. As much as I do not care for the metro look, this is way different from their previous criticisms. They are trying to unite the phone, PC, and tablets with the same interface. And to do that, they are forcing people into the direction they want. This isnt like fixing vista's performance issues and hardware requirement issues with Win7. This is completely different.

As much as I dislike Metro, and think they would of done better keeping the start menu, I can understand what they are doing. And there are many FREE REPLACEMENT start apps out there that work just as good, if not better, than the original.

Windows 8 is not Modern Ui only, the desktop is still here. I was talking about Modern UI with no classic desktop.

Dot Matrix said,
"In addition to stating that Windows 8.1 will be available at BUILD, Larson-Green also talked briefly about the Start menu, saying that it would not be returning."

W00t! Final nail in the Start Menu coffin. Bring on Metro!

Troll much?

Very interested in these changes that 8.1 will bring. I'm very used to 8 having used it since the Dev Preview and although I rarely partake in metro apps I don't find any of the metro stuff a hindrance. Even the shutdown process which SEEMS longer than the Start Menu process, is the same amount of clicks.

If the start button returns then I might move up to windows 8.

That is, not a third party version, but, MS version.

I notice a lot written about MS failing with respect to Vista and ME.

Microsoft don't just do operating systems, they (as you all know) do other softwares.

I just install Classic start menu at windows 8 and go thru to desktop when I boot, so I don't care with start screen, I do not even remember that crap still there.
Sorry about my poor english

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