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Windows 8 release preview coming first week of June

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The Windows 8 "metro" interface.

The Windows 8 "metro" interface.

This post was originally published on Mashable.

Microsoft's Windows 8 Release Preview will become available in the first week of June, the company revealed at its Windows Developer Days conference in Japan late Monday.

Microsoft's next-generation operating system arrived as a freely downloadable Consumer Preview in February.

The difference between that version and the Release Preview might not be very big in terms of new features, but definitely expect bug fixes and improved stability, as Release Preview is usually the last major version of the OS before the final release.

Windows 8 is expected to ship later this year as three main editions: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and the tablet-based Windows 8 RT, plus Windows 8 Enterprise.

Mashable is the largest independent news source covering digital culture, social media and technology.

46 comments

  • Time to get your pillow and blanket out and prepare to be bored. Here's another iteration of the DOS/Windows combo certain to put everyone into a deep sleep. Windows is older than me that's how sad this is. That this company can't event anything beyond DOS/Windows and Office is pathetic. Time to give the shareholders their money back and take down the shingle.

    Commenter
    ejr1959
    Location
    Double Bay
    Date and time
    April 25, 2012, 2:48PM
    • Ah, maybe you ought to do some research, Mr. Double Bay.

      Firstly - Windows is no longer DOS-based; it hasn't been since the release of NT4.0 back in about 1996. Since the release of XP in 2001 all strands of Windows have been DOS-free.

      Secondly: MS produce a bit more than Windows / Office - maybe you have heard of the Xbox?

      Thirdly: More than the Xbox too, ever heard of Microsoft Dynamics? Windows Server? Exchange? SQL Server? Virtualization? Hyper-Visor? XNA? Visual Studio? Flight Simulator?

      Living in Double Bay, maybe you drive an Alfa Romeo - modern Alfas all use Windows Embedded as the car OS - there are plenty of other who use it too - a small company called FORD springs to mind.

      Maybe you have a mobile phone - ever heard of Windows Mobile or Windows Phone?

      Not a fanatic, just someone who doesn't jump to conclusions without research.

      Commenter
      architect_of_Reality
      Date and time
      April 25, 2012, 5:22PM
    • #ejr1959 - assuming you are using something other than Windows ? Mac? Linux? If so their pedigree goes back even further than does Windows - making them (using your example) even more obsolete!

      Commenter
      Lance
      Location
      waverton
      Date and time
      April 25, 2012, 5:37PM
    • Yes indees, they should just stop making the biggest-selling operating system in human history, compatible with millions of third-party programs, hundreds of millions of hardware configurations and peripherals, and the backbone of corporations and small businesses across the planet.

      I mean, they could instead be making a walled-garden OS, compatible only with their own products and hardware, designed to lock consumers in and make sure only they make any profit. They could make them white, too. White is cool, right?

      Idiot.

      Commenter
      DM
      Date and time
      April 25, 2012, 6:34PM
    • Really!!! Thanks for your take on the new windows.. Older than you hey,and a lot more sensible...by the way whats your company doing? eventing anything lately...I'm sure we the public will make our own decision..

      Commenter
      peter
      Location
      Esperance WA
      Date and time
      April 25, 2012, 7:48PM
    • Actually, I thought that IOS and OSX were based on an OS that is even older than Windows.. Unix was what it was called back in the 70's and 80's. It's moved on a bit since then.

      Commenter
      ITPro
      Date and time
      April 25, 2012, 11:14PM
    • EJR, the fact that Windows is still around is a testament to the fact that Microsoft was much better at marketing their product than Apple was. For better or worse, Apple lost the OS battle years ago and I would suggest it's time to get over it. Until Apple can come up with an OS that is a viable alternative in the enterprise to MS, it would a breath of fresh air if the fanboys would sit down and shut up.

      Commenter
      Eddie
      Date and time
      April 26, 2012, 5:25AM
    • Funny you sound like you know what your talking about. Windows 7 doesnt use native DOS and neither did Windows Vista and neither does Windows 8.
      Todays version of Windows isnt so dependant on DOS as you think it is.
      What you see which is the desktop may have not changed much because it is "Windows" what you dont see underneath all that has completely changed.
      It doesnt take someone who is Microsoft certified to know these facts. Only someone who is as arrogant and boisterous as you are can only see the dusty surface of an old book.

      Commenter
      PAPA600
      Date and time
      April 26, 2012, 8:17AM
    • Umm so microsoft invented nothing new eah ?
      What about the Xbox or the Xbox 360 or the Kinect.
      How about the best and most user friendly video game online service Xbox Live or perhaps zune maketplace where I can stream all the music I want for $12 a month to PC, Xbox or Windows Phone devices.
      Apple and android have created a whirlwind which is just the calm before the storm that Microsoft is going to bring.

      Commenter
      Assimilator
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      April 26, 2012, 10:11AM
    • ejr1959 - I feel for you brother.

      Being ganged upon by all these paid Microsoft bloggers - gees really people.

      Xbox - "better at BBQing my sausages than my WebberQ".

      Commenter
      skeptik
      Location
      Brisbane
      Date and time
      April 26, 2012, 12:04PM

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