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Windows 8.1 preview available

During the opening press conference for Microsoft Build 2013, Steve Ballmer revealed that a preview of Windows 8.1 is available for the public to download right now. The preview seems geared toward giving a developers an idea of how the Windows 8 update works, but it’s also an opportunity for consumers to try out the new features. 

The preview is available here. You’ll need to download an update to your current Windows 8 OS to get the preview to work. 

In the above video, Microsoft shows off some of the new features in 8.1, including the much-asked for return of the start button. Most of the changes seem to be centered around users being able to customize their Windows experiences, from simple things like changing the background color, to more complex multi-windows tasks. 

For more breakdowns of Windows 8.1 and coverage of the Build 2013 conference make sure to keep checking in with Digital Trends throughout the day and beyond.