Windows Blue has progressed from the rumor stage to the confirmed project stage. And now, we know when we will get access to the Windows Blue preview.

The Verge recently announced that Windows Blue, also known as Windows 8.1, would be arriving in late June, sometime around Microsoft’s annual BUILD Developer’s conference.

Windows Blue/Windows 8.1 will fundamentally change Windows 8 – at least, that’s what everybody expects it to do. At the very least, Windows Blue will tweak most of the Windows 8 interface along with various system and performance-related improvements. Although many people are holding their breath for a resurgence of the classic Windows Start Button, Microsoft hasn’t tipped its hat to anything related to the Start button as of yet.

PCWorld.com did a decent writeup about potential Windows Blue changes. You can check out that writeup here. There are a number of suggestions for winning over users with Windows Blue, including:

-Boot to desktop functionality

-Better UI hints

-Better default aps

-App syncing across devices

-Better file support

-Better DVD playback

-And more

In any case, developers will gain access to the Windows Blue preview at some point between June 26 and June 28, after which you can expect to see plenty of reviews floating around the internet.

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