Published: Friday, May 10, 2013

Windows 8 update public preview to be released in June

Windows 8 update public  preview to be released in JuneMicrosoft has announced it will offer a preview version of its first major update to Windows 8 next month.
The news comes amid growing criticism of the software’s user interface.
Microsoft said the revision to the operating system (OS), codenamed Windows Blue, would be released at Build, a three-day developers event in San Francisco starting on 26 June.
However, while the company said it had listened to “feedback”, it has still not disclosed what changes are planned.
Microsoft added that a final version of Windows Blue would be released before the end of the year, and highlighted that it had already sold more than 100 million licences for the system.
FT accusation
The Verge, ZDNet and other tech blogs have reported that the update could mean Microsoft reversing its decision to remove the start button from the system’s desktop environment.
They also suggested it would give users the option of booting their PCs directly into Windows 8′s desktop mode rather than having to visit the tile-based Start menu screen first.
On Tuesday the Financial Times ran a front-page story suggesting that a U-turn over key elements of Windows 8 would mark “one of the most prominent admissions of failure for a new mass-market consumer product since Coca-Cola’s New Coke fiasco nearly 30 years ago”.