Feeds

Microsoft unveils Windows 8 'release preview' for June

Is this an RTM I see before me?

3 Big data security analytics techniques

Windows 8 will be signed off and released to PC manufacturers in June, paving the way for a September or October launch.

Microsoft will deliver what it's calling a "release preview" of Windows 8 in the first week of June, Windows chief Steven Sinofsky has revealed.

Sinofsky announced the news at Windows 8 Dev Days in Japan, which was promptly tweeted by Microsoft’s Building Windows 8 blog, below.

Steven Sinofsky announces Win8 release preview

An RTM by any other name: Steven Sinofsky announces the Windows 8 "release preview"

There were no more details, but based on delivery of Windows 8 to date and compared to launches past, this is what would normally be called the Windows release to manufacturing (RTM) code – the version of the new code Microsoft considers finished and which it releases to partners to install on new PCs and press into CDs.

Only, in keeping with the reworked lexicon of Windows, that meant the February beta was called a "consumer preview" – and it looks as if the RTM is now a "release preview".

On such minute affairs are hours of mental manpower expended and pounds of corporate prestige invested.

Image and appearance aside, the June date suggests we're looking at an actual official launch of Windows 8 in either September or October. The latter has become traditional for Microsoft – with the exception of Windows Vista – in recent history. There's usually a two- to three-month lag between RTM and launch, suggesting that if the "release preview" is indeed the RTM, then Microsoft is actually looking at a September release date this time. August is a possibility, but that's prime holiday time so would mean weaker sales. ®

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
OpenBSD founder wants to bin buggy OpenSSL library, launches fork
One Heartbleed vuln was too many for Theo de Raadt
Got Windows 8.1 Update yet? Get ready for YET ANOTHER ONE – rumor
Leaker claims big release due this fall as Microsoft herds us into the CLOUD
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...
Why HELLO Amazon! You weren't here last time
Patch iOS, OS X now: PDFs, JPEGs, URLs, web pages can pwn your kit
Plus: iThings and desktops at risk of NEW SSL attack flaw
Next Windows obsolescence panic is 450 days from … NOW!
The clock is ticking louder for Windows Server 2003 R2 users
Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
Admins dab straining server brows in advance of Trusty Tahr's long-term support landing
Red Hat to ship RHEL 7 release candidate with a taste of container tech
Grab 'near-final' version of next Enterprise Linux next week
Apple inaugurates free OS X beta program for world+dog
Prerelease software now open to anyone, not just developers – as long as you keep quiet
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.