Windows 8 Preview
Published: June 1, 2012
Windows 8 Preview, Microsoft on Thursday unveiled the latest of its test â€” or “preview” â€” versions of what it hopes will be a showstopper of an operating system expected to be released this fall.
With this many previews, it’s like a new theatrical musical headed toward its Broadway debut.
Microsoft on Thursday unveiled the latest of its test â€” or “preview” â€” versions of what it hopes will be a showstopper of an operating system expected to be released this fall.
Called the Release Preview, it’s the final test version of Windows 8, Microsoft’s huge overhaul of its flagship operating system.
The Release Preview (available for download at windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/download) follows the Technical Preview, unveiled last June; the Developer Preview, released in September; and the Consumer Preview, released in February.
Among the new features in the Release Preview are apps â€” including ones for travel, news and sports â€” powered by Bing; new and updated apps in the Windows Store; improvements to the Mail, Photos and People apps; and increased personalization options for the Start screen.
If the feedback on the Release Preview matches Microsoft’s expectations, Windows 8 will enter the “release to manufacturer” stage in about two months, Windows President Steven Sinofsky said in an official blog post Thursday.
“If we are successful in that, then we are tracking to our shared goal of having PCs with Windows 8 and Windows RT available for the holidays,” he wrote. (The Seattle Times)
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