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June 26, 2013

Windows 8.1 preview available to download | ExtremeTech

Windows 8.1 preview available to download | ExtremeTech: "At the Build conference in San Francisco, Microsoft has unveiled Windows 8.1. The Windows 8.1 preview is available to download and install right away (link at the end of the story), and it will be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users when the final build is released in the fall. The overarching goal with Windows 8.1 is to make the operating system more usable on tablets, but also to improve the quality of life for mouse-and-keyboard users."
Perhaps most importantly, though, the Windows Store has been overhauled. App discovery and individual app listings are severely improved. Built-in apps such as Internet Explorer (now up to version 11), Photos, Mail, and Xbox Music are all much improved, too. CEO Steve Ballmer also mentioned on stage in San Francisco that Facebook has finally committed to building a Windows 8.1 Metro app.
Stay tuned for lots of hands-on Windows 8.1 coverage over the next few days.
Download the Windows 8.1 preview now. You will have to download a patch, reboot, and then the Windows 8.1 update will be available from the Windows Store.