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, 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.

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