Quick Note: Windows 8.1 Public Preview Coming in June
May 7, 2013 6:32 PM
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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
, 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 "
" 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."
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5/8/2013 5:48:51 PM
I like your posts on almost everything but Windows 8. You really devalue yourself by using terms like "Metrosexual UI". That's fine, you don't like it. We all get it. Some of us do though.
Is it an improvement over the start menu on the desktop/laptop? Not really. But I use the start menu/start screen once or twice a day. And that's how it was on Win 7. So it really doesn't impact me. Is it an improvement on something like the Surface? Without a doubt. It's AWESOME on a device like that.
Win 8 is rough around the edges. But it was a smart move. Will MS be able to execute before competition catches up and realizes that a multi-UI system really is the future. My tablet can dock and run with my normal keyboard/monitor/mouse configuration for an office workspace. Or it can run as a tablet. Or I can use it as an ultrabook with the type cover and BT mouse. It's a ridiculously good design and will likely be the direction computing as a whole moves. I do believe someone, be it MS or someone else, needs to take it a step further. Modern interfaces like Thunderbolt bring the idea of external GPU/CPU power to a state that it's practical. I can see plugging in a tablet and having it be every bit as fast as a desktop. And I am extremely excited to see that come to fruition.
Win 8 is the right direction but there were a few things that could have been handled better. But I don't believe that keeping around the old way of doing things is always the right answer either. Why spend development resources to keep something that needs to be phased out eventually. And since people are happy with Windows 7 now was a good time to move forward. Nothing wrong with people who want to keep Win 7.
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