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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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By Motoman on 5/7/2013 7:27:56 PM , Rating: 0
Not inclined to listen to what this woman has to say.

What Microsoft should do is replace her with Marissa Mayer. Have her introduce Win8.1 at some big shindig. Naked.

Then, I'd pay attention. And buy...whatever. That thing. That she was selling.

That's right...I've gotten so tired of talking about what a POS Win8 is that I've just switched to blabbing about wanting to see the CILF naked.

Deal with it.

RE: Pfft.
By retrospooty on 5/7/2013 8:24:38 PM , Rating: 4
LOL... At least they are taking feedback and doing something about it. Vista sucked and they took the feedback and made Win 7. Win 8 sucks so taking the feedback maybe will lead to something better.

RE: Pfft.
By MrBungle123 on 5/8/2013 11:24:19 AM , Rating: 1
Do you honestly think that MS gives two shits what any of their customers think? They want customer lock-in and will tweak their products so that they can walk the thin line between locking people into their ecosystem and pushing so far that they leave en-mass.

RE: Pfft.
By retrospooty on 5/8/2013 11:29:58 AM , Rating: 2
I agree... But if it works to our advantage, then good. Most people hated Vista. It forced MS to re-evaluate and adjust for Win7, and Win7 was unanimously loved. Now most people hate 8. If it forces MS to re-evaluate and adjust on the nest one, then that is a good thing.

RE: Pfft.
By cyberguyz on 5/8/2013 3:30:12 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately it seems the next 'loved' Windows won't be 8.1.

I hope they think long and hard on what form Windows 9 takes.

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