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Windows 8 Release Preview Dated For June

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The new public release of Windows 8 is slated for early June before it officially lands on store shelves in October.

Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft’s Windows Division in Japan, said on Tuesday at a Windows developer event in Tokyo that the company plans to release its Windows 8 Release Preview to the public in early June. This near-finished version will be the last public release of the boxy new Windows installment until it goes retail later this year.

Microsoft's release schedule for Windows 8 is similar to the one seen with Windows 7 even though officials have claimed that the newer OS isn't following the same timeline. Back in July 2009, Microsoft released the Windows 7 Beta and then reached the Release Candidate status in May. The RTM version was ready by July, leading up to the official Windows 7 retail launch in October 2009.

So far Windows 8 is following in the same footsteps. The public Windows 8 beta (Consumer Preview) was released in February 2012, and now Microsoft plans to follow up with the Windows 8 Release Candidate (Release Preview) in early June. The new touchy Metro-themed OS is expected to go RTM in July or August, and land on store shelves this October. Naturally the last two dates are mere speculation.

Just last week Microsoft revealed that Windows 8 will come in only four flavors after much speculation about the eventual SKUs: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows RT for ARM-based SoCs, and Windows Server 2012 for businesses and enterprises.

A chart provided by Microsoft here shows the difference between the three consumer versions, revealing that Windows RT -- formerly Windows on ARM -- lacks the ability to install x86/64 and desktop software, but provides device encryption. Yet it's extremely similar in features when compared to the standard Windows 8 although it won't support Storage Spaces and Windows Media Player.

Unfortunately, Sinofsky didn't go into details regarding the upcoming Release Preview or anything taking place thereafter. However the company previously said that it plans to share much more information about Windows 8 in the coming months, "including details on pricing and limited-time programs and promotions that we will make available to customers."

Last week during its earnings report, Microsoft said that it delivered a strong third quarter thanks to its enterprise software. The company reported earnings of $5.11 billion on revenue of $17.41 billion, or rather 60 cents a share. Wall Street was actually expecting Microsoft to report of earning 57 cents a share on revenue of $17.18 billion.

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    someoneelse , April 24, 2012 7:18 PM
    windows 8 needs a start button
  • 19 Hide
    halcyon , April 24, 2012 7:19 PM
    I just can't get into the Metro UI. ...and can't think of a good reason to downgrade to Windows 8 from Windows 7.
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    Anonymous , April 24, 2012 7:20 PM
    No thanks, I stick with windows 7.
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    Northwestern , April 24, 2012 7:16 PM
    The Release Preview is Windows 8's final chance at garnering some positive attention from the general public before it's retail. Let's hope it does well.
  • 21 Hide
    someoneelse , April 24, 2012 7:18 PM
    windows 8 needs a start button
  • 19 Hide
    halcyon , April 24, 2012 7:19 PM
    I just can't get into the Metro UI. ...and can't think of a good reason to downgrade to Windows 8 from Windows 7.
  • 14 Hide
    Anonymous , April 24, 2012 7:20 PM
    No thanks, I stick with windows 7.
  • 10 Hide
    upgrade_1977 , April 24, 2012 7:27 PM
    Good luck selling them without a start menu. I won't buy it unless they fix it.
  • 4 Hide
    classzero , April 24, 2012 7:28 PM
    Windows 8 makes me look at . . . Mac.
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    phamhlam , April 24, 2012 7:28 PM
    Everyone needs to understand that there is a f**k start button in Windows 8. It is just not the same but it provides the same functionalility.
  • 14 Hide
    sporkimus , April 24, 2012 7:42 PM
    confish21Most haters never even tried win8. And if they did they weren't willing to learn something new. If anything I hope they spend a min and learn how to use win 7...

    I tried Win8 and hated it. Microsoft took a touchscreen based mobile OS and dumped it onto personal computer... and it failed, IMO. Granted in a side-by-side comparison, Win8 actually loaded/ran games faster than Win7, the overall UI is painful to use.

    I don't need buttons all over my desktop to access programs. If I wanted that, I would've created shortcut icons.
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    thor220 , April 24, 2012 7:53 PM
    Just going to get windows 8 for the speed and then disable metro.
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    Anonymous , April 24, 2012 8:11 PM
    I cant get into this start menu thing, if it doesn't got Program Manager then i wont buy it.......
  • 8 Hide
    Anonymous , April 24, 2012 8:22 PM
    Microsoft is so out of touch with their consumer base. At first it seemed like some sort of joke, but the reality is all too true.

    Just look at GFWL. They thought console standards would apply to PC. They were wrong. And yet, Windows has been the de facto OS for gaming since Win '95.

    How could Microsoft ever lose to companies like Valve and EA with Steam and Origin?

    The fact that GFWL failed so miserably is proof alone that they can't make decisions, or rather, that they are trying too hard. It is the same reason why Apple has the consumer appeal aesthetic down pat.

    Microsoft really needs to split into two or even 3 separate companies. A company geared for general consumers, a company geared towards enthusiasts, and a company (what we know now) for business.

    Why? Because a business company doesn't understand the average consumer, nor do they understand the enthusiast.

    If we could get a version of Windows for general home use, a version of windows for high performance computing at home (geared towards gaming preferably because that is what will really win over the crowd), and a version of windows for businesses (profession, with enterprise not being listed when announced by still available as always) then they could probably really make a difference in those markets.

    Right now they are trying to cram all of their audiences into one OS, when really we just need a couple exceedingly different versions for each group.

    Of course that is all easier said than done, and Microsoft needs to hire the right people for the job too. However I think there is still potential for them to really untie themselves from the image they have earned lately.
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    bison88 , April 24, 2012 8:39 PM
    I just can't see how it'll be successful with no start button and the forced Metro UI start page. Tweaks are already in the making to fix those issues but the last thing people used to Windows are going to want to do is find a bunch of registry hacks and software programs after installation to make it work for devices other than tablets.

    I feel sorry for programmers who will have to decide whether to embrace this metro interface or continue to do things the old way, or god help them be locked into doing both.
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    drwho1 , April 24, 2012 8:49 PM
    I also tried Windows 8 and hated it. I even set a friends computer (temporarily) to gave him a chance to try it. He simply hated it, and he is what you might call an "average user"...

    He is not a PC "geek" in any way... and he hated it.
    He loves his "iphone" which I hate, but not even with his "iphone training" he couldn't find the programs.

    Bottom line: PC's should be simple PC's and phones should be phones.
    (I prefer my phones without the "i") the same way that Y rather take pictures with my DLSR camera than with a phone "pretending" to be a camera.
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    drwho1 , April 24, 2012 8:51 PM
    edit: meant "I" not "Y".
    also why Toms not have a simple edit function?
    It does on the forums, so why not here?
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    SteelCity1981 , April 24, 2012 10:12 PM
    I have been testing out Windows 8 ever since it went to the public preview and getting rid of the start menu is a huge mistake. Not being able to disable Metro is another big mistake as well. It's not about learning something new what some of you fail to understand is it's about learning something that isn't going to make your pc exp easier. Windows 95 was a huge step foward in making peoples user exp with the start menu easier. Taking away the start menu will just confuse a lot of people which isn't going to make the avg pc users exp any easier, In fact it will make it harder. So MS is actually going backwards in the pc user friendly exp by removing the start menu. Getting rid of the start menu isn't like getting rid of quick launch. Millions upon millions of pc users use it daily and getting rid of it will do nothing but confuse and upset people.
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    sirencall , April 24, 2012 10:22 PM
    At first I didnt like windows 8 but now that i spent a few months with it,,,,,,,wait for it,,,,,,,I like it better than win7. The reasons are solid. Task manager has much more info than ever, your network manager has more info than ever and both of which is displayed easy to read and understandable way without sacrificing or hiding info. Its easier on resources, faster on everything, and though I am not the biggest fan of tiles it actually makes it easier to get to my progz. I can have my shortcuts and my folders at the desktop for whatever I need and I can make tiles for whatever I want to use and is much more effecient than the way programs were arranger with the start button. It took getting a while to get used to not having a start button but once I got over it, I realised that it was just wasted step that slowed me down to getting to what I want.......but it does take too much work in my opinion to get to the option to turn your pc off. The hate I get is that most users dont like change and want everything to stay more or less the same but with better performance, almost like a patch for a game. I understand this but honestly the way windows was before is just a simply less effecient GUI. I still dont understand this hate for anything that makes them think of their cellphone, either they hate their phone (so why have it), or they are simply looking for a way to express their distaste for something unfamiliar which would involve them having to relearn how to interface with their pc........which is most likely why a fair amount of gamers tries to convince everyone how great XP was despite it being buggy, virus filled, less effecient and lacking support of new technologies.
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    alidan , April 24, 2012 11:24 PM
    upgrade_1977Good luck selling them without a start menu. I won't buy it unless they fix it.

    windows 8, dx12 exclusive.

    confish21Most haters never even tried win8. And if they did they weren't willing to learn something new. If anything I hope they spend a min and learn how to use win 7...

    i would rather use xp than win 7, but i got an ssd and 8gb of ram, xp64 wanst an option for me...
    i already dont like much of the new functionality in win 8 and miss what they didnt bring over from xp.

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    pjmelect , April 24, 2012 11:37 PM
    I to have been using Windows 8 for a few months now, I hated it at first and although it has many good points that have already been mentioned I still don't like it Simply put it is clumsy on the desktop PC. I don't hate it now (after I put the start button back), but I would prefer to have Windows XP or Windows 7 in preference.
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    darkstar845 , April 25, 2012 12:25 AM
    I liked Windows 8 and the metro interface. But I don't know what is the benefit of removing the START menu, it's like removing one of the main feature and trademark of Windows. They should put an option where you can choose to put back the start menu and an option to turn off the metro interface.
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