Microsoft is set to release the public preview build of Windows 8.1 during the Build 2013 Developer Conference tomorrow, but thats not stopping screenshots from the preview build to appear on the internet just one day before its expected roll out.
The new desktop gleams with the Start Button and functionality is similar to that which we saw in the recent screenshots and release of Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview. All you have to do is right click it and click Shutdown or Restart! It may not be as easy as Windows 7, but at least it’s something easier to remember. We also see that My Computer has been renamed to This PC, which is something we reported on back in May of this year.
The Start screen, as we all hoped, has tiles of all different sizes. I feel that that gives the screen a more personalized look. The “Show All Apps” button is still present as well. A new “Help” app is shown in front, most likely to get users through using the Beta. Last but not least, the Windows Internet Explorer 11 Preview is on this build, which you can see in a screengrab below.
For those who are wondering, the Public Preview build is build 9431 and will be available as an update from the Windows Store or an individual .ISO file for those who would rather perform a clean installation instead.
Give us your feedback! Will you be trying out Windows 8.1 tomorrow? What are you looking forward to?Further reading: Microsoft, Windows 8, Windows 8.1