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Although developer builds of Windows 8.1 have been floating around for some time, the first "official" consumer test release is set for June

Hot on the heels of Microsoft's announcement that it has sold 100 million Windows 8 licenses comes news that "Windows Blue", AKA Windows 8.1, will be available to test in June.
 
A public preview of Windows 8.1 will be made available for consumers to try out during Microsoft's BUILD conference, which will take place from June 26 to June 28.
 
Windows 8.1 is expected to bring back some semblance of the iconic "Start" button and will make an effort to ensure that customer feedback doesn't go unanswered. "We are being very real about what needs to change and changing it as thoughtfully and quickly as we can," said Windows Chief Julie Larson-Green.


Microsoft's Julie Larson-Green
 
“We're not sitting back and saying, they will get used to it.  We've considered a lot of different scenarios to help traditional PC users move forward as well as making usability that much better on all devices."

Source: Microsoft



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Current Windows 8 Users
By Amuzon12 on 5/7/2013 6:57:20 PM , Rating: 4
Will this be a free upgrade for existing users?




RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By kmmatney on 5/7/13, Rating: -1
RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By bodar on 5/7/2013 9:56:48 PM , Rating: 3
Good to hear, I just wish these kinds of this were baked in and configurable through the Control Panel. If MS is going to force a new UI paradigm on us, it had better be good. It's disheartening that they aren't willing to admit that the "one UI for desktop and touchscreen" experiment was a step backwards for Windows.


RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By althaz on 5/7/2013 11:07:42 PM , Rating: 3
How was Vista short-lived? XP was long-lived, but generally MS releases a new Windows every 2-3 years. (8.1 is a pretty rapid release though).


RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By wordsworm on 5/8/2013 12:46:14 AM , Rating: 3
I went from XP to Vista to XP and then to Windows 8. Now my gf uses Win7 and I can't stand it. I don't see the start menu as important any more.


RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By Pirks on 5/8/2013 1:22:32 PM , Rating: 2
Same here, win 7 is dead to me, upgrading my wife's laptop to 8 as well after she played with 8 on my desktop and liked it a lot


RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By AstroGuardian on 5/8/2013 2:37:17 AM , Rating: 2
True...true...


RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By Motoman on 5/7/2013 7:37:36 PM , Rating: 2
It should be, but I doubt it.

The official release date for Win8 was Oct. 30th, 2012.

How awesome would it be for a new official OS release to happen before then...giving Win8 less than a year in production?

It richly deserves it.

Win7 came out on Oct. 22, 2009...Vista was Jan. 30th, 2007. Just shy of 2 years.


RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By txDrum on 5/7/2013 7:44:42 PM , Rating: 2
I believe Microsoft has gone on record saying that big Windows 8 updates would be free once you have a license. Not 100% sure, but reasonably so.


RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/8/13, Rating: 0
RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By acer905 on 5/8/2013 12:56:40 PM , Rating: 3
Win8.1 == Win 8 SP1


RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/8/2013 1:03:50 PM , Rating: 3
Wrong...
quote:
According to the latest rumors, the 2013 release will be inexpensive or perhaps free, to incentivize upgrades. And it will be a full operating system upgrade. In this regard, the new development cycle Microsoft is moving towards closely resembles Apple's -- frequent, cheap operating system upgrades.


RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By acer905 on 5/9/2013 12:10:29 PM , Rating: 2
Never trust rumors.


RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/9/2013 12:43:45 PM , Rating: 2
Says the one who thinks 8.1 is going to be a service pack... when it clearly says it's not.


RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By acer905 on 5/9/2013 6:20:08 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
when the rumor that Cheesew1z69 keeps spewing as if it were fact clearly says it's not


*Fixed it for you


RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/12/2013 5:36:27 PM , Rating: 2
You obviously have a reading comprehension issue. It's quite apparent.


RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/12/2013 5:39:18 PM , Rating: 1
Again, for your fucked up eyes and trolling bullshit.
quote:
And it will be a full operating system upgrade .
What part of this do you not get? FULL OS... not SP.


RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By acer905 on 5/14/2013 12:37:46 PM , Rating: 2
So... You were saying?

http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/14/windows-blue-de...

Same as and service pack from MS, such as XP SP2 and SP3, it will be free, fix bugs, and add features.


RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By dj LiTh on 5/7/2013 8:20:30 PM , Rating: 4
Yes it has been confirmed that windows 8.1 or "Blue" will be a free update for windows 8 owners. Think of it as an service pack update.


RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By inighthawki on 5/8/2013 12:43:13 AM , Rating: 2
I think considering it to be a service pack is a bit of a disservice. The number of changes just based on leaks is pretty substantial. More than any service pack or even OSX update has provided.


RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/8/2013 8:12:17 AM , Rating: 3
Source?


RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/8/2013 9:47:03 AM , Rating: 2
Rated down for asking for a SOURCE when someone says it's confirmed without backing it up? LOL

Pathetic...


RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By BRB29 on 5/8/2013 10:33:46 AM , Rating: 2
there was another article here on DT not so long ago stating that it will be free for users that bought win8.


RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/8/2013 11:07:15 AM , Rating: 2
Again, link? I can't find it. And for current Win 8 users, they may be true, but I am unable to find indication on any search I have done. So with no indication on any search that it's going to be free for existing users or non-existing, I would like something to SHOW me that this is the case. It's quite a simple request.


RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/8/2013 11:17:45 AM , Rating: 2
Ok, found it.

quote:
According to the latest rumors, the 2013 release will be inexpensive or perhaps free, to incentivize upgrades. And it will be a full operating system upgrade. In this regard, the new development cycle Microsoft is moving towards closely resembles Apple's -- frequent, cheap operating system upgrades.


That is NOT confirmed no matter how you slice it, so if the OP is stating it's been CONFIRMED, link?


RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By Labotomizer on 5/8/2013 5:41:26 PM , Rating: 2
The only systems that it has been confirmed to be free for are Surface Pro and RT. Those will get all major releases for 3 years. Outside of that nothing was ever promised.

I could see it being a yearly, $30 upgrade cycle. And with the improvements it seems like it would be worth it. Would be on my desktop and laptop anyway.


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