Confirming what fellow company exec Julie Larson-Green said earlier this month, Reller revealed during JP Morgan’s Technology, Media & Telecom Conference that you’ll be able to download the public preview version of Windows 8.1 by the end of June – June 26, to be exact – which happens to be right at the beginning of the 2013 Build Developer Conference. Reller is keeping mum when it comes to the system’s actual release date – only hinting that it will be launched some time during or before the holiday season.
Reller did, however, share that Windows 8.1 will be released as a free upgrade, as was speculated, and will be available as a download on your Windows 8 home screen once it’s been launched. Windows 8.1 will be rolled out to both full Windows 8 copies and RT versions of the system. She also made an allusion to the possibility of seeing smaller Windows 8 slates by praising the 8.1 for being a great OS even for “the smallest tablets.”
Even though Reller has shed light on a number of 8.1 reports, a number of unconfirmed ones remain including the reintroduction of the Start button. We have a feeling we’ll be hearing more about Windows 8.1 as we get closer to Build, so stay tuned.