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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 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

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


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.

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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