Feeds

Windows 8 Release Preview open for download

Sinofsky predicts two months to RTM

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Remote control for virtualized desktops

After much speculation, Microsoft has opened its Windows 8 Release Preview for download, the last major update before the client code is released to manufacturers.

"If the feedback and telemetry on Windows 8 and Windows RT match our expectations, then we will enter the final phases of the RTM process in about two months," said Steven Sinofsky, president of Windows at Microsoft. "If we are successful in that, then we are tracking to our shared goal of having PCs with Windows 8 and Windows RT available for the holidays."

Windows 8 Release Preview

Two months to go until changes are locked out

The previous Consumer Preview has been downloaded by 24 million users so far he said, and over the next two months Microsoft would be getting updates from the new code, build 8400, with the focus on making the beta more stable than the current Windows 7 release. The latest release needs 16GB of space for 32-bit users or 20GB for 64-bit systems and comes in 14 languages, including American English, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.

The download has IE10 with integrated Adobe Flash and a touch feature that allows users to flick ahead and back in page views. The "do not track" feature will be switched on by default and Microsoft has got new lock-down features to restrict access to questionable content that will no doubt inspire some kids to learn a little bit about programming.

New applications for Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger have also been added and more applications are promised from third parties. But the most important thing Microsoft is watching for is hardware compatibility, Sinofsky said.

Windows 8 Release Preview keyboard

Redmond is hoping touch will woo the fondleslab fanbois

Once Windows 8 is RTMed, major changes are locked out and Microsoft moves into servicing mode for the existing systems. Updates and fixes will be distributed via the Windows Update system or knowledgebase articles.

No date has been set for the final release of Windows 8, but Microsoft is starting a voucher scheme on June 2 that will give new PC buyers a voucher for an upgrade to Windows 8 on release for $14.99 or equivalent. The offer runs up until January 31 2013. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop
Web giant looking into why version 5.0 of Android is crippling older slabs
Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU
Cupertino stands down after Euro legal threats
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google
Android 5 is coming – IF you're lucky enough to have the right gadget
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
Bada-Bing! Mozilla flips Firefox to YAHOO! for search
Microsoft system will be the default for browser in US until 2020
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Managing SSL certificates with ease
The lack of operational efficiencies and compliance pitfalls associated with poor SSL certificate management, and how the right SSL certificate management tool can help.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.