It's official: Windows Blue public preview coming in June


— 9:11 AM on May 8, 2013

Microsoft is getting awfully chatty about Windows Blue this week. Yesterday, company CFO and marketing chief Tami Reller teased the upcoming OS update. Now, we see Microsoft has also announced that a preview build of Windows Blue will become publicly available next month. (Emphasis ours.)

Julie Larson-Green, Corporate Vice President for Windows, took to the stage at the Wired Business Conference a little while ago to talk about Windows 8 – reiterating much of the momentum Tami talked about earlier in this blog post. She also talked about our approach to making Windows 8 for a world where mobility is at the forefront. We continue to listen and respond to our customers. As part of the continuing journey for Windows 8, we have an update planned due out later this year codenamed "Windows Blue." Julie unveiled that at BUILD at the end of June, we'll be releasing a public preview of Windows Blue for folks to check out.

The BUILD conference will take place from June 26 through June 28 in San Francisco.

It's nice to get confirmation, although of course, we've been hearing about the preview build through unofficial channels for some time. The Verge wrote about it over a month ago, saying "sources familiar with Microsoft's plan" expected the build would go public at, uh, BUILD. That was right on the money.

The Verge also noted that the June preview would be the only one offered by Microsoft. Since Windows Blue is reportedly scheduled to hit release-to-manufacturing status in August, that doesn't seem too surprising. I just hope that, since Microsoft refers to Windows Blue as an "update," the company won't charge for the final release.

   
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