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Windows 8 release preview due in early June

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The Release Preview version of Windows 8 will come out in the first week of June. Windows unit President Steven Sinofsky made the announcement at a Windows Developer Days event in Japan, and also tweeted about it on the Building Windows 8 Twitter feed.

Calling it a Release Preview is a continuation of a naming convention established with the Developer Preview and Consumer Preview of Windows 8.

The announced date matches up with an earlier rumor for the arrival of the Release Candidate of Windows 8. In comparison, Windows 7 reached RC in early May 2009 and hit the release-to-manufacturing phase in late July before launching October 22 of the same year.

Though Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) still has not announced the release date for its hotly anticipated new operating system, it is widely expected that the RTM of Windows 8 will follow soon after with general availability expected in October. Microsoft has earlier promised that the Release Preview of Windows 8 will available for free download.

The software giant has unveiled a wealth of information in the last few weeks about Windows 8, which was designed to run on traditional desktop PCs as well as tablet devices. According to Microsoft, Windows 8 will be available in four main editions, excluding local language-only editions for China and a small set of "select" emerging markets.

In addition, Microsoft has also outlined the capabilities that can be found in Windows 8 Enterprise and the fact that Windows on ARM will come with built-in support for the enterprise.

For more:
- check out this article at AllThingsD
- check out this article at Computerworld

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