We formally announced the release of Windows 8.1 Preview yesterday during the BUILD conference keynote and showcased TONS of exciting new features around the enhanced user and developer experiences that Windows 8.1 will provide across all device form factors for ALL users.
If you missed the keynote, you can catch the recording and watch all the cool demos at: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013/1-001
Note that the Preview bits are a pre-release version of Windows 8.1, so the Preview is recommended for experienced users to evaluate on non-production PCs.
I know lots of people, myself included, that have already completed the upgrade to Windows 8.1 Preview, and it was a quick and seamless experience! One question that I've already seen arise several times is regarding DisplayLink driver availability for Windows 8.1 Preview ... if you're using a USB-attached docking station or external video adapter, this could be an important issue when evaluating the new Multimon support demo'd at the BUILD Keynote.
Good news! The DisplayLink team has released a beta version of their driver for Windows 8.1 Preview, and you can download it at:
Keep in mind, this driver is a BETA release, so there could be some stability issues to work through.
Hope this helps!
Be sure to check out these additional resources:
Keith Mayer is a Senior Technical Architect at Microsoft, focused on helping ISV partners leverage the Azure cloud platform. Keith has over 20 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of customers and partners worldwide on design of enterprise technology solutions.
Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including Azure, Private Cloud, System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint, SQL Server and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from VMware, IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.
You can contact Keith online at http://aka.ms/AskKeith.