Windows 8 release preview due in early June
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.
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.