Windows 8 Release Preview Set For June

Microsoft plans to release a nearly final version of Windows 8 this summer that will give consumers and businesses their final chance to kick the tires on the redesigned operating system before it’s released for sale, most likely later this year.

Windows group president Steven Sinofsky announced the Windows 8 Release Preview at a technology conference in Tokyo Tuesday. He said it would be freely available for download in June, but provided few other details. Sinofsky also Tweeted the news with a post that read, “Announce … Windows 8 Preview first week of June.”

Sinofsky’s announcement of a Release Preview, or release candidate, as some are calling it, immediately sparked speculation that Microsoft may be preparing to ship a final version of Windows 8 to computer makers as soon as October, with Windows 8 devices on the market shortly thereafter.  >more