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Windows 8 release preview coming first week of June

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.

The Windows 8 "metro" interface.
The Windows 8 "metro" interface. 

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.

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