Windows 8 Release Preview coming first week of June

Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft's Windows Division, took the stage for the first day of the Windows Developer Days conference in Japan to announce the Release Preview of Windows 8 will launch during the first week of June. The news confirms previous speculation that the Windows 8 release candidate would be called a "Release Preview." Microsoft's Building Windows 8 Twitter account confirmed the news via tweet, providing the announcement photograph seen above and the following statement:

Announce...Windows 8 Release Preview first week of June. Here's the announce from Japan's Windows 8 Dev Days #thankyou

The preview will mark the second public pre-release program for Windows 8, following the Windows 8 Consumer Preview which was released on Feb. 29. No new information has been released regarding the official release date for the final version of Windows 8, which is rumored to be sometime in October. Microsoft recently announced the Windows 8 Consumer Preview has seen over twice the usage of the Windows 7 beta over the same period of time.

Microsoft provided no additional information about the Windows 8 Release Preview beyond its release date, nor did it confirm if there would be a Release Preview of Windows RT, the ARM-based version of Windows 8. Microsoft gave out Samsung tablets to developers at the Build conference in September, but the tablets run on an Intel x86 processor. So far, Windows RT has been seen infrequently, primarily through Microsoft-led demonstrations.

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I can't wait to see all the Metro haters eat their words when Win 8 is a success. But, they will probably say MS is lying when it comes out with it's earnings report next year and has made as much if not more than it did this year.

"WTF, but the UI is crap. Why do people keep buying it.. But but but."

Developer Preview, Consumer Preview, Release Preview... I like the new names Microsoft is using.

I'm back to just booting Windows 7, but I'll dual boot it again with the Release Preview. Bring it on!

Cool. They are staying on track. Upgradeable I hope... tho' I doubt the final version will be. But I have plans that involve an SSD at that time, anyway.

The only excitement seems to be from those people who have their expensive toys and are anxious for the new Operating System. MS is only "scratching the surface" (no pun intended, of course) with Windows-8. All other users and uses will stick with Windows-7 and wait for the next "serious use" Operating System to be released.

TsarNikky said,
The only excitement seems to be from those people who have their expensive toys and are anxious for the new Operating System. MS is only "scratching the surface" (no pun intended, of course) with Windows-8. All other users and uses will stick with Windows-7 and wait for the next "serious use" Operating System to be released.

Please - define *serious use* for me.

With the Consumer Preview, my existing Win32 applications and games Just Plain Work. (Yes - all of them.)
So does my hardware.

The hangup the detractors (nearly to a person) have with the Consumer Preview is with the UI - not software (or hardware) compatibility (including backward compatibility). The fact that neither software OR hardware compatibility is an issue is unheard-of for a beta version of Windows. (And yes, I'm including Windows 7.)

The enterprise issue is also largely UI-driven - training dollars are scarcer than ever; learning the wildly-different UI is far down the list of priorities.

Another issue lurking in the background is that our current hardware is plenty capable for what we do with it to a large extent (and with our existing software) - there's not exactly a push - even on the consumer level - to upgrade Windows from 7 (and even not changing the UI would make a bit of difference).

The different UI is basically an excuse for staying put.

PGHammer said,

Please - define *serious use* for me.

With the Consumer Preview, my existing Win32 applications and games Just Plain Work. (Yes - all of them.)
So does my hardware.

The hangup the detractors (nearly to a person) have with the Consumer Preview is with the UI - not software (or hardware) compatibility (including backward compatibility). The fact that neither software OR hardware compatibility is an issue is unheard-of for a beta version of Windows. (And yes, I'm including Windows 7.)

The enterprise issue is also largely UI-driven - training dollars are scarcer than ever; learning the wildly-different UI is far down the list of priorities.

Another issue lurking in the background is that our current hardware is plenty capable for what we do with it to a large extent (and with our existing software) - there's not exactly a push - even on the consumer level - to upgrade Windows from 7 (and even not changing the UI would make a bit of difference).

The different UI is basically an excuse for staying put.

Serious users are mainly those whose interaction with a computer is keyboard-centric for data entry. As opposed to those whose focus is on games, searching the Internet, checking (but not entering extensive replies), texting with the usual touch-screen abbreviations.

patseguin said,
Can't wait to see what they've added/changed. I wonder if they've taken any users' feedback from the CP...

No. Definitely not from the business/enterprise community.

patseguin said,
Can't wait to see what they've added/changed. I wonder if they've taken any users' feedback from the CP...

Nope. The key bad decisions about Metro, etc. were all made last summer, internally.

Microsoft MUST hit a Christmas hardware release window this year, even if it means they lose a big chunk of their traditional desktop (e.g. home, business, professional users) market share...which is what cramming Metro down these people's throats is going to cost them.

efjay said,

You work for Microsot, yes?


No I'm just observing how MS is ignoring the business/enterprise community. If they were listening, MS would have been saying that changes are going to be made. But, they have slammed the door shut, period.

For those that do not understand what the difference the logo makes then you need to take a business/marketing class. Most of you do not [are too young to] know what happened to Coca Cola when they tried to change their logo...

PoohGQ said,
For those that do not understand what the difference the logo makes then you need to take a business/marketing class. Most of you do not [are too young to] know what happened to Coca Cola when they tried to change their logo...

It wasn't the logo change that was behind the failure of New Coke, it was the the new formula.

However, you are more correct than you know, as the less-than-half-baked Metro on the desktop experience is going to prove to be the "New Coke" of Windows, unfortunately. 8(

Looking forward to it!!

.. and who gives a flying f**k about what windows logo they are using .. get a life people ..

Pikey said,
Looking forward to it!!

.. and who gives a flying f**k about what windows logo they are using .. get a life people ..

+1

Pikey said,
Looking forward to it!!

.. and who gives a flying f**k about what windows logo they are using .. get a life people ..

+1

Pikey said,
Looking forward to it!!

.. and who gives a flying f**k about what windows logo they are using .. get a life people ..

This is precisely why Apple is doing so well. They do care about how all aspects of their products look and work. MS, apparently, seems to care less and less.

TsarNikky said,

This is precisely why Apple is doing so well. They do care about how all aspects of their products look and work. MS, apparently, seems to care less and less.


How so?

Pikey said,
.. and who gives a flying f**k about what windows logo they are using .. get a life people ..
Umm if someone cares about details they suddenly don't have a life? Grow up! And all you +1's as well!

Details matter, period. Granted there needs to be leeway when it comes to pre-release software but I do give a flying f**k which logo they use. Branding matters!

MidnightDevil said,
Cool, I wonder what's the "changelog" :b

Just bug fixes and minor cosmetic tweaks. What you've seen in the last few iterations is what everyone is going to get for Christmas this year, unfortunately. 8(

MidnightDevil said,
Cool, I wonder what's the "changelog" :b

Change of name from Consumer Preview to Release Preview in the desktop watermark.

excalpius said,
Just bug fixes and minor cosmetic tweaks.

Is it just me or does anyone else get annoyed when all a changelog says is bug fixes and enhancements or " in big air quotes" minor cosmetic tweaks? Why give a changelog if that's all you are going to say?

What is so wrong with actually saying what a dev changed? On anything be it app updates or Windows itself (granted on windows it might make a long list but that could be culled to make it smaller)

I don't care. I have no more interests in Windows 8. It's my first Windows in all Windows versions which I skip.

thekim said,
I don't care. I have no more interests in Windows 8. It's my first Windows in all Windows versions which I skip.

I might agree with you but I do think Windows 8 is better than Windows ME

thekim said,
I don't care. I have no more interests in Windows 8. It's my first Windows in all Windows versions which I skip.

^ Prejudices.

Am I the only one who has used Windows 8 preview longer than a week and has been totally meh about it? I'm usually excited about new Windows versions and install then right away on my 5PC network, but this one? I just don't care about it at all on my PC. However, bring on a decent productivity tablet running this, I'm game.

calimike said,
Old Windows Logo seen on blue screen

Old logo on what appears to be a purple screen. Even if it is blue... problem?

WTF is a "realease preview"? A beta or a release candidate?
Why Microsoft can't use sane, acknowledged version names - like "alpha", "beta" or "rc"?

g0dlike said,
WTF is a "realease preview"? A beta or a release candidate?
Why Microsoft can't use sane, acknowledged version names - like "alpha", "beta" or "rc"?

Why get so hung up on a name dude? We all know what it means, but MS are trying to make them less 'techy' to appeal to a larger crowd, that's all.

g0dlike said,
WTF is a "realease preview"? A beta or a release candidate?
Why Microsoft can't use sane, acknowledged version names - like "alpha", "beta" or "rc"?

I'm assuming it's RC.

duddit2 said,

Why get so hung up on a name dude? We all know what it means, but MS are trying to make them less 'techy' to appeal to a larger crowd, that's all.


Less techy people don't follow this announcements, anyway.

g0dlike said,
WTF is a "realease preview"? A beta or a release candidate?
Why Microsoft can't use sane, acknowledged version names - like "alpha", "beta" or "rc"?

Does it really matter?
Terms such as Beta and RC are nor set in stone by law, they're there if a company wants to use them. It's really their choice.

g0dlike said,
WTF is a "realease preview"? A beta or a release candidate?
Why Microsoft can't use sane, acknowledged version names - like "alpha", "beta" or "rc"?

To actually answer your question, consider Beta similar to "consumer preview" and a RC similar to a "release preview". I know, it's a bit silly. "Beta" is probably a more well-known term by now, with Gmail Beta, Diablo 3 Beta, and whatever. It's not exactly a "geek term" anymore. It's indeed up to Microsoft what to call them, but I don't understand why they even bother. They can't exactly have been disappointed by the download numbers of the Windows 7 Beta either...

g0dlike said,
WTF is a "realease preview"? A beta or a release candidate?
Why Microsoft can't use sane, acknowledged version names - like "alpha", "beta" or "rc"?

who cares, you'll install it anyway don't you? but DP was alpha, CP is beta and RP will be post-beta/RC, it's that simple

g0dlike said,
WTF is a "realease preview"? A beta or a release candidate?
Why Microsoft can't use sane, acknowledged version names - like "alpha", "beta" or "rc"?

Do you know how to read?

"...The news confirms previous speculation that the Windows 8 'Release Candidate' would be called a 'Release Preview'..."

And for you Alpha or Beta are sane version names oposite do "Release Preview" ???

moskow said,

Do you know how to read?

"...The news confirms previous speculation that the Windows 8 'Release Candidate' would be called a 'Release Preview'..."

And for you Alpha or Beta are sane version names oposite do "Release Preview" ???


Indeed, seems the reading comprehension of some people here has been steadily going down the poop shoot as of late. Global warming and Al Gores' fault, yup that's it.

g0dlike said,

Less techy people don't follow this announcements, anyway.

Right. I seriously doubt that Mary Sue down the street is going to go to the trouble of installing a "Release Preview" with her granddaughter, anyway.