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Microsoft Will Release Windows Blue Public Preview At Build Conference In June….

For the first time since reports about its new operating system surfaced, Microsoft has openly acknowledged the existence of Windows Blue to the public. In a blog post, Microsoft Vice President of Corporate Communications, Frank X. Shaw, wrote about how the company is “working together on plans to advance [their] devices and services,” calling “Blue” an internal code name. What we’ve been calling Windows Blue for a while now will apparently be released as something else, perhaps Windows 9, as Shaw says chances are slim to none that the final product will hit the market with that name.

While a leaked early build of the new OS already gives us a pretty good idea of what it can do, Microsoft will talk about it at length at the company’s annual BUILD conference. The event, intended specifically for developers, will take place on June 26 to 28 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. A public preview of the OS is also expected to be released in the future, but it’s not clear whether it will c0me before the OS demo at the BUILD conference.

If the final version of Windows Blue is anything like the leaked preliminary build, it will look very similar to Windows 8 but will feature several upgrades, including the capability to choose extra-small or super-sized live tiles, new gesture controls, and a 50/50 Snapped apps view option.

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Microsoft has thus far stayed mum on Windows Blue, the rumored update to Windows 8 that leaked online this weekend . But that changed today, with a Blog post that discussed how Redmond plans to “advance” its products in the coming months.

Frank X. Shaw, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of corporate communications, acknowledged that Microsoft employees are “working together on plans to advance our devices and services, a set of plans referred to internally as ‘Blue,'” though he stressed that the chances of the final product having that moniker are “slim to none.”

Shaw said Microsoft is embracing a “continuous development cycle,” pointing to this weeks Windows 8 apps update, new gadgets, and performance improvements. This, he said, “is the new normal across Microsoft.”

“Our product groups are also taking a unified planning approach so people get what they want – all of their devices, apps and services working together wherever they are and for whatever they are doing,” Shaw said.

That is part of Microsoft’s fundamental shift from a software company to a devices and services firm, as outlined by Stave Billmer in October.

The Windows Blue leak offered some hints about what we can expect from the next incremental update to Windows. That includes expanding the allowable size of tiles that one can place on Windows 8’s Start Screen, and additional customization options, among other things. Microsoft is also reportedly readying a Windows RT version of Windows Blue.

Shaw promised more updates on what’s next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio, and more at its Build 2013 conference, set for June 26-28 in San Francisco.

“Build is the path to creating and implementing your great ideas, and then differentiating them in the market,” Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft’s corporate vice president and chief evangelist, wrote in a separate Blog post.

Registration for Build opens on April 2 via buildwindows.com.