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Apr 12, 2012

Release Candidate of Windows 8 to Arrive as Release Preview

Microsoft is working on the next version of its Windows 8 operating system, after making available a Developer Preview in September last year, and a Consumer Preview in February 2012. 

The latest platform release was, in fact, the Beta version of the operating system, which should be followed by a release candidate soon. 

This iteration of Windows 8 is now said to have been named “Release Preview” and to be on its way to public availability sometime in late May or early June.

No specific info on what changes will be included in Windows 8 Release Preview when compared to the Consumer Preview has been unveiled so far, either officially or unofficially. 

However, Microsoft was said ever since February to have started the work on the post-Beta version of the platform, and it appears that it is approaching an official unveiling. 

The Release Candidate of Windows 8 will then be followed by the RTM version of the platform, expected to arrive sometime in summer too. 

The final flavor of Windows 8 is expected to be released in October this year, three years after Microsoft made available its Windows 7 platform. 

The Redmond-based software giant is still mum on the release timeframe for the upcoming Windows 8 milestones, and has yet to confirm officially the availability of various SKUs of the platform. 

Previous rumors suggested the list of Windows 8 variants set to be landing on shelves soon would include Starter Edition, Home Basic Edition, Home Premium Edition, Professional Edition, Professional Plus Edition, Enterprise Edition, Ultimate Edition, and ARM Edition. 

Some of these are completely new, yet other SKUs have already been spotted with the previous Windows platforms coming out from Microsoft. 

Windows 8 is the first desktop platform from the software company to pack important touch optimizations for use on tablet PCs. It is also the first to offer support for ARM architectures. 

You can download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Build 8250 via this link.


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