If you've been using Windows 8 and have been pining for some refinements, then today is your day. Microsoft today officially released a preview version of Windows 8.1, which is a free download for all the adventurous types. The final version doesn't ship until later this year, so this is your chance to see it early. Of course, Microsoft cautions that this preview version is just for "experienced PC users," which we're sure you all are. Nonetheless, check out the FAQ (opens in new tab) first to be sure it's for you.
New features include better Bing integration, much improved Maps and a better implementation of the start screen and start button. Check out all the new features in the product guide (opens in new tab) (PDF)
If all systems are go, then click here to get to the Windows 8.1 Preview (opens in new tab).