Windows Blue public preview due in June

Microsoft will showcase the highly-anticipated Windows 8.1 update at it's BUILD conference in June
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Microsoft has announced it is to reveal the much-talked about Windows Blue update towards the end of June.

The news follows on from Windows co-chief Tami Reller's comments yesterday, who claimed that the firm's flagship operating system Windows 8 had surpassed the 100 million licenses sold milestone.

Reller also went on to confirm the existence of Blue, whilst stating the update should be elected in 2013.

It appears Microsoft didn't want to keep anyone waiting.

Windows' other co-chief Julie Larson-Green addressed Blue at the Wired Business Conference, which took place yesterday.

Larson-Green confirmed that Blue – otherwise known as Windows 8.1 – would be available throughout the firm's BUILD conference held in June.

Microsoft is expected to ship a final edition of Windows 8.1 before the end of the year, as Reller stressed that the update would incorporate changes that are a direct reaction to customer feedback.

One such change could be the reimplementation of the traditional Windows Start button, a feature axed from Windows 8, much to the anger of the Windows faithful.

"We've really also tried to understand what people are really asking for when they're asking for that," said Reller.

Leaked builds of Windows 8.1 also include an improved Start Screen, greater customisation of colours and themes, and improved settings on Windows 8's Metro feature.

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