Another Pre-Release of Windows 8 Is on the Way
On Monday, the President of Windows and Windows Live, Steven Sinofsky, announced that Microsoft is planning to offer another pre-release of Windows 8 during the first week of June.
A pic of the announcement appeared on the @BuildWindows8 twitter feed, but the company did not share much more than that.
The Windows 8 Release Preview was announced at Microsoft's Windows 8 Developer Days conference in Japan, an event attended by roughly 2,000 people, according to the company. It is expected to contain more device drivers, and some major fixes, among other enhancements, but Microsoft hasn't confirmed those reports. It will be free to the public for download.
The Release Preview follows the Consumer Preview, which was available at the end of February, and the Developer Preview, which was released at the BUILD conference last September. Microsoft said this week that the number of downloads for the Consumer Preview is double that of pre-release versions of Windows 7.
The final release date of Windows 8 is expected in October, but the company has not announced an official release date. That timeframe may be ambitious considering the new Windows 8 Metro paradigm for tablets and related software.
The company offered a Release Candidate of Windows 7 in May 2009, released Windows 7 to manufacturing in July and delivered it to retail in late October. Microsoft is already behind that schedule, which could jeopardize the timeframe required to target holiday shoppers.
However, the company has indicated that devices with the new operating system will be out before the end of the year. With so much riding on Windows 8, it's hard to believe Microsoft would miss that date.
Express your thoughts on the Windows 8 previews. Is Microsoft on track to deliver the final version of Windows 8 in time for the holiday sales period, based on what you've seen so far? Reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter @RichardsKath.
Posted by Kathleen Richards on 04/24/2012 at 5:01 PM