Windows 8 Release Preview ready for download in June

first_imgBeen waiting for something a bit more polished than the Windows 8 Consumer Preview before taking the new OS for a test drive? You don’t have much longer to wait. According to Microsoft, you’ll be able to download the Windows 8 Release Preview by the first week of June.That’s slightly behind schedule if you go by the Windows 7 timeline — its Release Candidate arrived in May ahead of the RTM in July and retail availability in October. Windows 8 is set to hit store shelves in October, too, so it’ll be interesting to see if Microsoft can smooth out all the rough edges despite the shorter gap between releases.The news was revealed by Microsoft’s Windows honcho Steven Sinofsky at Windows 8 Dev Days in Japan. Curiously, the company opted to use the old Windows logo in their slideshow instead of the newer, more Metro version. According to the official Building Windows 8 Twitter account, it’s just an oversight — there’s no going back now.As for what differences you can expect between the Consumer Preview and Release Preview, nothing has been officially revealed yet. One good possibility is stronger SkyDrive integration, what with the official launch of the desktop synchronization app for Windows and Mac and the availability of paid cloud storage upgrades.One thing that has been revealed is how much usage the Windows 8 Preview builds are getting. Microsoft says that they’re seeing twice as much usage of Windows 8 as they did with Windows 7 pre-releases over the same span of time. Maybe there are just that many more people who want to know where the Start Button has gone…More at V3last_img

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