Microsoft has announced that the Windows 8 Release Preview, a near-final build of the upcoming operating system, will be available to the public in the first week of June. The announcement, made onstage at Microsoft's Windows 8 Developer Days conference in Japan, confirms that Microsoft is sticking to the schedule it established during the Windows 7 development cycle: a public beta early in the year, a public release candidate in the middle of the year, and a public release in the fall.

How close the build will be to the release version of Windows 8 is unclear, though it's probable that the core OS and most important Metro apps will be more or less finalized by this point - WIndows 7 was actually released to manufacturing in July of 2009 and made available to OEMs and volume license customers not long after that, meaning that final code for Windows 7 was in some customers' hands much earlier than the October public launch. An RTM build won't be far behind the Release Preview, and as such it will be Microsoft's last opportunity to make changes in response to feedback elicited by the Consumer Preview.

We'll continue to deliver new details about Windows 8 as they are made public. In the meantime, be sure to catch up on our extensive coverage of the new operating system and its changes.

Source: Microsoft


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  • damianrobertjones - Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - link

    Shutdown: Change the power button action to Shutdown when pressed. I'm sure that you're smart enough to figure that out on your won.

    The start menu has moved around to no great negative
  • joex444 - Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - link

    Windows will end with version 7, which is really pretty good for Windows. This coming from a full time linux user.

    The whole Metro UI thing is utter garbage. Conceptually, it's like putting yourself in a playpen. As it's implemented (I've tried the beta), it makes you want to cry blood. Just a wretched abortion from day one and whoever came up with this should be banned from thinking.

    The metro UI makes it very clear it is a wrapper on top of Windows 7. Forget what they've changed to the kernel, that can all be called a service pack. The thing we recognize as being unique to Windows 8 is the Metro UI. That's their contribution. I've already said I use linux, so I'm not desperately clinging to old Windows for fear of change. I'm basically not going to use Windows either way, but assuming that MS hires people to watch the news and internet buzz about their products I'll just throw it out there -- it sucks and nobody wants your stupid products.
  • ananduser - Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - link

    Nobody wants your stupid comments as well.
  • inighthawki - Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - link

    You clearly have never seen the building windows 8 blog where they mentions dozens of other very impressive features being added. In addition, you seem to be implying that because Metro exists, there is no other way to use the system (such as just using the desktop in almost every way you always could).
  • Pirks - Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - link

    yawn indeed, yet another penguin cock sucker whining about MS
    LOOOL :))) what a surprise eh :))))) heheee
  • haar - Thursday, April 26, 2012 - link

    @pirks :takes one... to know one...
  • damianrobertjones - Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - link

    "It sucks and nobody wants your stupid products."

    Why do you feel the need to talk for the world when the entire world DOE NOT agree with you? You don't like Metro... so what, go play in another park and stay out of this one.
  • SlyNine - Friday, April 27, 2012 - link

    He's not the only one that feels that way. I Hate metro for desktop PCs.

    All this could be fixed easily, allow me to boot to desktop so I don't have to look at Metro crap. Plus give me a standard start menu, the one I've been using for 15 years.
  • Malphas - Thursday, April 26, 2012 - link

    Oh wow, a Linux user proclaiming the death of Windows! Never seen that before, better take note of what he says!
  • crispbp04 - Thursday, April 26, 2012 - link

    You lost my attention at "full time linux user". You don't matter to the real world.

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