Latest Windows 8 Release Preview build number revealed

With about three weeks to go before Microsoft is supposed to launch the Release Preview version of Windows 8, the company is reportedly still working on pre-release builds of the OS. Now the reliable Windows 8-themed site Winunleaked.tk reports that the version number for Windows 8 has been updated yet again.

According to the site's Windows 8 builds list, (free registration required) the latest build number for the Release Preview version of Windows 8 (also known as the release candidate) is officially called 8376.0.winmain_win8rc.120506-0920. In addition, this list claims that the Release Preview version has entered into what is known as its Beta Escrow period. That usually means internal testers at Microsoft will keep checking out builds of the operating system until it is ready to be released.

As we have reported before, Microsoft has already announced that the Release Preview version of Windows 8 will be launched to the public sometime in the first week of June. Microsoft has yet to reveal if it will hold a press event for the launch of the Release Preview version like they did with the Consumer Preview build on February 29th.

This new build number list has also launched a new category, Pre-Release to Manufacturing, with a build number of 8411.0.winmain.120502-1801. If true, that means Microsoft is already working on the version of Windows 8 that will eventually be launched as the final, shipping product. That is expected to happen sometime later this fall, perhaps in October.

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Amazing how you were able to come up with four paragraphs about a new version number. Any new features, changes?

Enron said,
Amazing how you were able to come up with four paragraphs about a new version number. Any new features, changes?

Yes.

Enron said,
Amazing how you were able to come up with four paragraphs about a new version number. Any new features, changes?

So far we just know about minor UI changes but who knows, seeing how this isn't leaking or anything we're just teased with whatever screenshots we get.

Wait a minute people.. I see a pattern here. The numbers are going up!

On a serious note, isn't it pretty much common knowledge that Windows build numbers always go up and that the build numbers themselves are pretty much irrelevant since they are artificially changed? Not to mention that even when Windows 8 RTM's, there will be every day builds that progress to the next release which is either branched as Service Packs or the next release of Windows?

I remember during Vista and Windows 7 I use to get enthused about these things, but I don't anymore. Oh well, looking forward to see what's coming, although we know its just minor refinements and nothing more.

Mr. Dee said,
I remember during Vista and Windows 7 I use to get enthused about these things, but I don't anymore. Oh well, looking forward to see what's coming, although we know its just minor refinements and nothing more.

Same here. It must be since no one from windows is leaking any new versions and we have to just play around with 1/2 version(s).

I remember Windows 7 was so much fun. A new Build was leaked almost every week.

Now the reliable Windows 8-themed site Winunleaked.tk reports that the version number for Windows 8 has been updated yet again.

They "report" that the numbers don't actually stay the same throughout the lifecycle of a beta? What is this madness?!?!

TCLN Ryster said,

They "report" that the numbers don't actually stay the same throughout the lifecycle of a beta? What is this madness?!?!


We're doomed to eternity!!

DKAngel said,
shame more builds havnt leaked

I think it's a good thing they haven't. I think this is the first release of windows or of any Microsoft product (other than office) that has been kept under raps this far in the dev cycle. whoever's job it is to do so has been doing a really good job. this keeps the competition at bay. i'm sure at the unveiling the everyone will be in tuned to find out more.

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