Microsoft Delivers Windows 8 Release Preview
Microsoft has made Windows 8 Release Preview available to users. This will be the final prerelease version available for public testing before the product releases to manufacturing.Microsoft has delivered Windows 8 Release Preview, the companys final prerelease edition of its new operating system, including Windows 8, Internet Explorer 10, new Windows 8 apps for connecting to Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger and more. In a May 31 blog post, Steven Sinofsky, president of Windows at Microsoft, said a key goal for Windows 8 is to maintain higher levels of quality than Windows 7, which has done rather well to date550 million PCs and counting.
Coming soon, we will see a new wave of PCs designed for Windows 8, along with new apps powered by the new Windows 8 platform, Sinofsky said.
The underlying operating system is solid, reliable, full-featured and impressively fast. But its no longer the star. The apps included with Windows 8 are the true stars of the new OS. Out of the box, a Windows 8 device will include a full suite of robust apps to handle communications (mail and messaging), digital media and information. The built-in apps in the Windows 8 Release Preview are light-years ahead of the rudimentary "app previews" that were included with the Consumer Preview release. Collectively, they leverage Microsofts enormous multi-year investments in productivity software, digital media, and online services.Windows 8 Release Preview delivers new apps from Microsoft and its partners. Highlights include Bing Travel, News and Sports apps, as well as Gaming and Music Xbox apps that integrate with Zune pass. The Windows 8 Release Preview also features improvements to the Mail, Photos and People apps that initially debuted with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. In addition, Microsoft has worked closely with its partners to deliver apps from around the world through the Windows Store.