Windows 8.1 is probably the biggest thing coming from the Redmond offices for the foreseeable future. And as expected it is the center of all kinds of attention from the computing community.

Rumors, analysis, screenshots, leaked builds — you name it.

Most technology enthusiasts are keeping a close eye on the features Microsoft is implementing in its upcoming operating system. The software titan detailed a handful of these new enhancements last week in a pretty elaborate blog post, but more still lies under wrap for now.

Nevertheless, it appears that Microsoft has just published a pre-beta version of Windows 8.1 on its Connect Service, allowing select developers to take the new OS for a spin before the public release goes live later this month.

The build number that is made available is 9415.

It comes with support for multiple languages, and most of the features that we have already talked about in the past few weeks, including the familiar Start button.

Oh, and if you are wondering, just as is the case when news of this build number first reached the web, the Start button is not always visible on the desktop. Instead, users need to move the mouse to the lower left corner of the screen to enable it.

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