Microsoft has confirmed that it will release a public preview of Windows 8.1, also known as Windows Blue, next month. ZDNet cites head of Windows engineering, Julie Larson-Green, who made the revelation at the Wired Business Conference earlier today, as saying Windows Blue will be released as a public preview at the end of June. The preview ill be available to Windows 8 users via the Windows Store.
The news follows hot on the heels of a Q&A post regarding the first six months of Windows 8. The post, published this morning, includes a brief mention of Windows Blue by Microsoft's Tami Reller. Reller described Windows Blue as part of a broader effort to advance devices and services for Microsoft. She also revealed that the update will be available later this year, will continue on Windows 8's path toward the next generation of PC and incorporate customer feedback.
Though Reller said Microsoft is taking customer feedback into account, we still don't have any final word on whether the Start button has found its way back into the mix after being dropped in Windows 8. It hasn't been ruled out, but Microsoft hasn't confirmed it either. We do know that Microsoft is working to bring Windows 8 to a broader array form factors of all sizes, display, battery life and performance, as Reller mentioned earlier, but we'll have to wait a few weeks to see the final product.