Windows 8.1 public preview gets June 26th launch date

Surface RT owners can download the Windows 8.1 public preview June 26th

Along with announcing that the upcoming major update for Windows 8 and RT will officially be called Windows 8.1, Microsoft has also announced a specific date for the release of the Windows 8.1 public preview. Owners of current Windows 8 and RT devices will be able to download the public preview on June 26th.

Microsoft's blog doesn't give much information on what will be contained in the public preview, but based on the many leaked versions of Windows 8.1 that have found their way to the Internet, we can expect a number of new features and improvements, along with a number of new in-house developed Windows 8 apps.

The public preview of Windows 8.1 will be launched on the first day of Microsoft's third annual BUILD 2013 developer conference, which will be held this year in San Fransisco. Microsoft announced earlier this week it has found some extra space for people to attend the conference and as a result will start selling an unrevealed limited amount of tickets for BUILD 2013. The tickets will go on sale Wednesday beginning at 9 am Pacific time (Noon Eastern time).

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Shadowzz said,
I'm going to skip this preview. Not willing to reinstall my whole system for it when it goes RTM.
I'll stick with a VM for now.
This new Microsoft release cycle will affect those who like to do a complete reinstall instead of an upgrade. I've always preferred format "C", then install.

Shadowzz said,
I'm going to skip this preview. Not willing to reinstall my whole system for it when it goes RTM.
I'll stick with a VM for now.

You could just male an image of the OS before installing 8.1 and when the RTM will be available used that to restore the system and install the final release. This is what I will do; I am eager to see what is in store....

JHBrown said,
This new Microsoft release cycle will affect those who like to do a complete reinstall instead of an upgrade. I've always preferred format "C", then install.

I realise Microsoft isn't calling blue a service pack. However I do believe the impact of blue on an existing Windows 8 installation will probably be very similar.

I bet people will upgrade to 8.1 from 8 like they did from vista and 7! I am not saying 8 is like vista but Windows 8 is unfinished and not a fully matured os yet! At least these yearly updates will improve it over time.

Not even close to the same impact. 7 was a significant upgrade from Vista. Windows 8 to 8.1 is like upgrading from a Toyota Camry SE to an LE. I do agree that overtime it should become pretty good.

There is already a start button, move mouse to bottom left corner, left click. Just like EVERY OTHER VERSION OF WINDOWS in the start button era.

Oh and if you right click, they give you a nifty little power user menu instead

xendrome said,
There is already a start button, move mouse to bottom left corner, left click. Just like EVERY OTHER VERSION OF WINDOWS in the start button era.

Too confusing, I sometimes forget which corner is which, I need that orb graphic to make sure I get the right one. Even more jarring than when they took the word "Start" off of the button in Vista.

(Yea, that's a /s.)

The thing is, unlike Windows 8 , you could revert back to legacy interfaces such as in xp, 7 and vista. Windows 8 should have had a legacy options included from the start! I wish they kept the glass ui and classic ui in windows 8 as an option also. I think Microsoft pushed changes way to fast causing people to become ****ed off.

xendrome said,
There is already a start button, move mouse to bottom left corner, left click. Just like EVERY OTHER VERSION OF WINDOWS in the start button era.

Oh and if you right click, they give you a nifty little power user menu instead

Hot corners are a PITA with dual screens tho. Always have to go to the left screen to make it easier. At least a button will make it easier on the right screen.

Quite easy after a while. Move your mouse against the bottom of ur right screen and just move it left. The trigger is just a few pixels high. But after a short while u get used to do this action for it.

Hotcorners are a PITA on remote/virtual windowed Windows 8 systems.
Its some getting used to on multi monitor setups, but thats just temporary.

techbeck said,

Hot corners are a PITA with dual screens tho. Always have to go to the left screen to make it easier. At least a button will make it easier on the right screen.

Once you get into multi-monitor territory, it officially becomes less effort to just smack the Windows key on your keyboard.

techbeck said,
Hot corners are a PITA with dual screens tho. Always have to go to the left screen to make it easier. At least a button will make it easier on the right screen.
holy sweet mother of god... keyboards have a windows key, how anybody doesn't use it is beyond me.

Also, the anchoring on a multi-monitor setup is solid. My only complaint is when in a windowed RDP connection. Then the windows key isn't bound to the window and the hot corners are still small. Thats why I pin like a boss on my servers.

MrHumpty said,
holy sweet mother of god... keyboards have a windows key, how anybody doesn't use it is beyond me.

You would be surprised the number of users who do not use it.

techbeck said,

Hot corners are a PITA with dual screens tho. Always have to go to the left screen to make it easier. At least a button will make it easier on the right screen.

What? You do realise that no version of Windows has come with more than one Start button, so even Windows 7 suffers from this "problem."

Windows 8 allows you to start the Start Screen from all windows, so it's actually an upgrade. Unbelievable.

xendrome said,
There is already a start button, move mouse to bottom left corner, left click. Just like EVERY OTHER VERSION OF WINDOWS in the start button era.

Oh and if you right click, they give you a nifty little power user menu instead

Liar! Nothing about Windows 8 is built for "power users". (scarcasm)

Ideas Man said,

What? You do realise that no version of Windows has come with more than one Start button, so even Windows 7 suffers from this "problem."

Windows 8 allows you to start the Start Screen from all windows, so it's actually an upgrade. Unbelievable.

Yes, no duh. I was commenting basically on the hot corners and how that can be a PITA to use at times. And then I made a comment about them adding the button in 8.1 and how that will make it easier. Really isnt hard to understand what I was talking about.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
The thing is, unlike Windows 8 , you could revert back to legacy interfaces such as in xp, 7 and vista. Windows 8 should have had a legacy options included from the start! I wish they kept the glass ui and classic ui in windows 8 as an option also. I think Microsoft pushed changes way to fast causing people to become ****ed off.

Windows 7 doesn't allow for legacy options, brutally murdering the classic Start menu, and the classic Control Panel.