Rumor: Windows 8 Release Candidate to be called "Release Preview"

In February, Microsoft launched the beta version of Windows 8, but described it as a "Consumer Preview" version. Now a new rumor claims that Microsoft will also refer to the release candidate version of Windows 8 under another title.

The Windows 8 news site WinUnleaked.tk, which has been reliable in the past, claims that when the Release Candidate is launched, it will actually be called the Windows 8 "Release Preview." It also repeats a previous claim that the RC/RP version of Windows 8 will be launched sometime in late May or early June.

So far, Microsoft has not said anything about its schedule for pre-release versions of Windows 8, nor any word on what those builds will be called, so you can still put this in the "rumor" category for now. However, it does seem to be consistent with Microsoft's current theme of doing away with the typical titles for pre-release software and not referring to them by labels like "beta" or "release candidate".

In any case, Microsoft is still apparently sticking with its plans to launch the final shipping version of Windows 8 in late 2012, possibly sometime in October. We will have to see if the company will continue to stay with its expected schedule.

Image via WinUnleaked.tk

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Great, its no wonder why quality of news articles on this site has been declining steadily. People who seem to think changing the name from candidate to preview is breaking, important news that deserves front page status

You know what, internally Microsoft probably complied a new Windows 8 build today. I have no idea what the changes are but the build number has changed hence giving it a new name. Let's make a news article about that too! And then one in 2 days when they make another one!

Razorfolds said,
Great, its no wonder why quality of news articles on this site has been declining steadily. People who seem to think changing the name from candidate to preview is breaking, important news that deserves front page status

You know what, internally Microsoft probably complied a new Windows 8 build today. I have no idea what the changes are but the build number has changed hence giving it a new name. Let's make a news article about that too! And then one in 2 days when they make another one!


There is a huge difference between a build number of a development build changing and the name of the product that is released to the public changing.

Razorfolds said,
Cooooooooooooool......an article about how a release candidate will be called a release preview! How terribly interesting!

BREAKING: Microsoft to call it "The new Release Preview".

Yeah, OK, this isn't really "news" but there isn't much news out there about Windows 8, so any news is fine with me. Well, almost any news.

I like these new names Microsoft is using: Developer Preview instead of whatever it replaced, Consumer Preview instead of beta, Release Preview instead of Release Candidate.

I think RTM will stay as that.

A340600 said,
Yeah, OK, this isn't really "news" but there isn't much news out there about Windows 8, so any news is fine with me. Well, almost any news.

I like these new names Microsoft is using: Developer Preview instead of whatever it replaced, Consumer Preview instead of beta, Release Preview instead of Release Candidate.

I think RTM will stay as that.


It is news if it was new to you and you hadn't previously heard of it. It was news to me because although I expected it, I hadn't heard any rumours confirming my thoughts.

Callum said,

It is news if it was new to you and you hadn't previously heard of it. It was news to me because although I expected it, I hadn't heard any rumours confirming my thoughts.

No it is news to me, too. Like I said, there isn't a lot of news on Windows 8 at the moment, so bits like this keep me interested.

What I meant was that, I think, some of the earlier comments were being kind sarcastic about this bit of news being a scoop.

This changing naming **** is really getting old, why can't they just call it beta, RC etc... and get on with it. Keep those marketing clowns out of the pre-release cycle.

Chris123NT said,
This changing naming **** is really getting old, why can't they just call it beta, RC etc... and get on with it. Keep those marketing clowns out of the pre-release cycle.

Doesn't really matter. The mainstream doesn't see this anyways. Hardly marketing.

And the spin begins!

MS marketing will now start doing anything it can to counter the negative response from many early adopters - since it's already far too late to fix the major problems with Windows 8's GUI on the desktop.

It's all bug fixes, minor cosmetic improvements, and spin from here to RTM, folks.

ccoltmanm said,

Doesn't really matter. The mainstream doesn't see this anyways. Hardly marketing.


I think the whole point was for the mainstream to see it. I believe they named the beta build Consumer Preview to attract more average users to try it out (no doubt with help from their friends, in some cases). Many average users might be scared or apprehensive when they see a "Beta" label, but they might not be so if they see a "Consumer Preview" label.

reap3r said,
How is this news? FFS

Because you hadn't heard the rumour before? It was new to you? Information that is new to you is news? The definition of 'news' isn't hard to understand. FFS.

Microsoft has been using the name "Release Candidate" for all of its Windows version and this time with Windows 8, the name has been changed to Release Preview. So yes it is a valid and good news.

I'm not surprised by this move at all. in fact I was only talking about this in work a couple of days ago and I said this to my boss and he said you're probably right. I should have put a bet down for this then.

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