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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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RE: Current Windows 8 Users
By kmmatney on 5/7/2013 7:02:55 PM , Rating: -1
Knowing Microsoft, I doubt it - it looks like Windows 8 will be short-lived like Vista (even though its much better) . Hopefully they'll have a cheap upgrade. I don't feel compelled to upgrade from Win 8 - I already use class shell for a start menu, and have made a few registry changes to make Windows 8 usable. It's actually quite nice once you make it work more like Windows 7.

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

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