MOSCONE CENTER, San Francisco — Microsoft’s big Build developers conference started today, and while big news was absent, it showed Microsoft plowing ahead with more features for Windows, Bing, and other services.

The biggest announcement was the launch of Windows 8.1 Preview, which is available to any Windows 8 user who wants it. It includes a Start button on the desktop and more ways to window and display “modern” apps, make the Start screen more customizable, and make search better.

We were on hand to see what Microsoft and its executive team had in store. We live-blogged the event, but it’s over now. Check out our recap of the day one keynote in the posts below.


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