Rumor: Windows 8 Release Candidate in late May-early June?

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview version has been out for almost a month now but Microsoft is still busy working on the OS in preparation for its next phase, the Release Candidate version. Now a new report claims that it has a time table on when the RC version will be offered to the public.

According to WinUnleaked.tk, via unnamed sources, the Release Candidate version of Windows 8 will be launched by Microsoft sometime in late May or early June. That would seem to be consistent with the other rumors that Microsoft will launch the final version of Windows 8, for both the x86 and ARM processors, sometime in October.

The article also gives some information about what the Release Candidate version of Windows 8 will have in terms of UI changes:

From the UI side, some light changement for the Charm bar, Language input menu, Internet Explorer 10 (Desktop version), a bunch of color set, ect…

It also notes that the Customer Experience Improvement Program feature that allows Windows 8 users to send their opinions about the OS to Microsoft is actually disabled by default. You can see a screenshot of that Improvement Program running in Windows 8 above.

Image via WinUnleaked.tk

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Not getting Win8... win7 works just fine with no issues and I'm sure a SP2 released will have some of its features.

sava700 said,
Not getting Win8... win7 works just fine with no issues and I'm sure a SP2 released will have some of its features.

If you don't "get" Windows 8, then don't "get" Windows 8. Simples

Also, as Neo said... Service Packs don't bring new features in general. They're mainly an update roll-up. There have been a couple of notable exceptions (XP SP2 for example) though.

V23 said,
I'm shocked that so many "power users" actually utilised the start menu features apart from search.

I forget where I read it, but contrary to what the "start menu gone, waaah!" people are trying to preach, Microsoft's own telemetry has shown them that the majority of people didn't actually use the All Programs menu on the start menu for launching apps and just used the search function instead. Besides, Windows 8 IS Metro. The desktop is just an appcompat environment for legacy/non-metro apps.. that's why it has a limited UI and no start menu.

TCLN Ryster said,

The desktop is just an appcompat environment for legacy/non-metro apps.. that's why it has a limited UI and no start menu.

I would definitely agree if everything could be handled at the metro stage. But here we go, there are many many things that are desktop dependent that I usually feel that Metro is running over the desktop and not vice-versa.

Jose_49 said,

I would definitely agree if everything could be handled at the metro stage. But here we go, there are many many things that are desktop dependent that I usually feel that Metro is running over the desktop and not vice-versa.

Until you dock a 1/3 Metro app beside the desktop.

dotf said,

Until you dock a 1/3 Metro app beside the desktop.

That's when you really realize that it's not just a layer on top of the traditional desktop.

TCLN Ryster said,

I forget where I read it, but contrary to what the "start menu gone, waaah!" people are trying to preach, Microsoft's own telemetry has shown them that the majority of people didn't actually use the All Programs menu on the start menu for launching apps and just used the search function instead..

No. Power users used search.

MS's own telemetry shows that the VAST majority of typical Windows users (home and business) still click icons on the desktop to run everything from their programs to their documents. Period.

In fact, this was a MAJOR justification internally for turning the desktop into a collection of big square "icons", re: Metro.

And if they hadn't have made the key operating system controls INVISIBLE and counterintuitive, I'd have been 100% in support.

But they're currently planning to cram a TOUCH-based model down the throats of a MOUSE-based world and this is shaping up to be the biggest mistake Microsoft has ever made in the history of the company.

texasghost said,
So...it's looking like it's on target for final release in October 2012.

Yes, nothing will stop MS from hitting the 2012 Christmas season with touch devices on Metro.

Even at the expense of alienating the entire 95% of all computer users who use Windows OS on their desktops around the world...

It so very revealing that MS has turned off the "Customer Improvement Program" feature by default. Obviously, MS doesn't seem to give a s*** about what their users have to say. Arrogance at its best!

I'm not sure how this can be construed as "arrogance" considering that most users probably prefer an option to opt-in (i.e. opt-out by default). Plus, they are leaving it off by default probably to test:

1. How many users will turn-it on at installation
2. Which options are turned on, which stay off
3. Are there any bugs with turning it off/on

BUT if you actually read what's being transmitted back to MS, then you'll know it has nothing to do with what the users have to say. All the data for this program is anonymous data that the users can't have any say it in (actually, there's is, to say it should be on or off, for him or her).

Edited by KevinN206, Mar 25 2012, 1:07am :

TsarNikky said,
It so very revealing that MS has turned off the "Customer Improvement Program" feature by default. Obviously, MS doesn't seem to give a s*** about what their users have to say. Arrogance at its best!

Try again. This is a Privacy issue, so rather than bombard their users with dialogs on install, they opt everyone out.
Rest assured there are many scenarios where you will be prompted to enable it shortly after install.

Like the first time an app or application crashes.

I don't think MS cares about any possible failure on Desktop. They can take another punch. I think they are rushing to get Windows 8 out of door for Phones and Tablets so they finally brag about something which will compete Apple counterpart products. I would stay away from Windows 8 and see how the things turn out few months after. Major OEM suppliers such as Dell, HP and others will have an opportunity with Windows 8 to compete with Apple with whole new series of products, Ultrabooks, Tablets and such. Microsoft is hoping to gain significant market share with Windows 8, and again i don't think they care about Desktops and Laptops at all. They extended Windows 7 support until 2020 knowing that first and perhaps second generation of Metro based operating system wont take any significant meaning as far as PC goes. As far as PM (Personal Mobile) goes if Windows 8 does not succeed there, Microsoft will kill it with passion.

You are correct, in the MS doesn't seem to care about desktop or laptop users--both individuals and corporate. But...putting all their eggs in the "personal mobile" market is quite risky. Apple will certainly counterattack, and probably win. They have years of experience in the "personal mobile" marketplace. Then, what is MS going to do about all those desktop and laptop users who were abandoned? Windows-9?

In what ways are the desktop and laptop users are abandoned? If anything, they're adding additional capabilities to desktop/laptop users, especially those who use convertible laptops. You can still use the desktop as in Windows 7 with some changes to the traditional start button and the charm bar. Really, that's is it. Those changes are the only thing that are different. I have been using Windows 8, and honestly, I don't see much issues. I use the start menu maybe 3-5 times in a span of 6 hours for maybe 1-5 seconds each, unless I choose to use a metro app. I can see buying an app for my Windows 8 tablet and that app is automatically synced to my desktop. That sounds awesome to me.

This has to be the first Windows release that I have no interest in at all. I don't get what they are thinking with this release.

I have total lack of interest in this next version window. I remember how much I beta tested Windows 7 and was always craving for the next leak. Well, not this time.

As soon as there are more 3rd party Metro apps (firefox/chrome, steam, RSS reader, to name a few useful apps) People will warm to Metro.

Here's hoping they've put a method for creating a default user profile back into the system. Otherwise, I'm recommending to skip it.

Great news actually. Hopefully they will have more of the drivers\bugs fixed by then (mainly the laptop on board speakers issue many are facing)

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