Yesterday, we reported that the Microsoft’s Windows Release Preview was allegedly leaked in China, kudos to Canouna who claims that it’s the real deal. Earlier today, we also mentioned that a developer blog happened to comment that the highly anticipated Release Preview will be available today, May 31. But it looks like the aforementioned rumors are true. Microsoft has finally confirmed that the Windows 8 Release Preview is now available for downloading.
“Today, Windows 8 Release Preview is available for download in 14 languages. This is our final pre-release, and includes Windows 8, Internet Explorer 10, new Windows 8 apps for connecting to Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger (and many more), and hundreds of new and updated apps in the Windows Store,” Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky said.Microsoft’s next step will be RTM (Release to Manufacturing). Microsoft added that if the feedback will match their expectations, they will push through with the final phases of the RTM process in 2 months.”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,” Microsoft concluded.
Just a note before you download, I suggest that you read the details carefully here. It’s important to note that it’s not yet the finished product, so might want to back up your data first. You can download the Windows 8 Release Preview here.
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