Microsoft release Windows 8 Release Preview version

windows-8_thumb1Microsoft have now released the Windows 8 Release Preview version of their new Windows operating System. I would liken this release to what many who have beta tested Windows before to the old RTM version, bar show stopper bugs, this will likely be what you see in the shops latter this year.

“Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of the Windows 8 Release Preview, the next milestone of the highly anticipated Windows 8 operating system. Available for download today in 14 languages at http://preview.windows.com, the Windows 8 Release Preview delivers a fast and fluid experience, along with a new user interface that responds equally well to touch as it does to keyboard and mouse. Since the February release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which was downloaded more than 1 million times in the first 24 hours, Windows 8 has become the most tested Microsoft operating system of all time, and with today’s release, it enters its final phase of development before it releases to manufacturing.

“We’re thrilled to be at this milestone with the Windows 8 Release Preview,” said Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft.”

If you have a spare PC or use Virtual Machines then its well worth giving this version a try, I have had no issues with the Consumer Preview version and I installed it on my production netbook, had no major crashes or incidents to speak of, but usual warning from me is to only install this version of Windows on a non critical or only household PC, as this version while very stable for me, could still have some bugs or may not be compatible with your current favoured 3rd party software.

I will post about any new and important changes in this version from the previous one, in a few days time,

Read the full Press release from Microsoft News Center  HERE

Windows 8 “Release Preview” due June

Windows 8 logoMicrosoft are to release the “Release Preview” version of Windows 8, their next Operating System in June, so Steven Sinofsky has told a developer conference in Japan. This will likely be the last version, barring some internal builds before final “Release To Manufacturing” (RTM), sometime in October, just in-time for the Christmas period.

So far I find Windows 8 “Customer Preview” very good, and I’m using it on my netbook right this moment to type up this blog post, so I cannot wait to see what updates and tweaks are added in the “Release Preview”.

“Microsoft has announced that a second preview version of its new operating system will be available in June.

Windows 8 represents a radical overhaul for the company as it attempts to capture the tablet market as well as feed its traditional PC cash-cow.

Windows president Steven Sinofsky said that the “release preview” would be the closest yet to the final version.

Microsoft has not said when that will be available, but most commentators point to an October release.”

Read full article at BBC Technology News HERE