Microsoft Says Customers Will See Tens of Thousands of Refinements
Beyond the new apps from Microsoft and partners, customers testing the Windows 8 Release Preview will also experience tens of thousands of refinements across the product, such as increased personalization options for the start screen, improved multi-monitor support, refinements to the way people find and download apps through the Windows Store, and new Family Safety features. The new Internet Explorer 10 redefines browsing, particularly for touch-enabled devices. The Web is as fast and fluid as any app, and with new capabilities in the Windows 8 Release Preview such as flip ahead, it is just as intuitive, Microsoft said in a press release. In addition, a touch-friendly and power-optimized Adobe Flash Player is now integrated into Internet Explorer 10, and it also features Do Not Track on by default, giving customers more choice and control over their privacy.As for what comes next, Sinofsky said:
Beginning June 2, Microsoft will roll out the Windows Upgrade Offer in 131 markets, including the United States and Canada. Consumers who buy eligible Windows 7-based PCs through Jan. 31, 2013, can purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of $14.99 during the time of the promotion. More information about the Windows Upgrade Offer will be available June 1. In addition to the Windows Upgrade Offer designed for consumers buying new Windows 7-based PCs, Microsoft will also announce other offers in the coming months that will help consumers with existing Windows 7-based PCs upgrade to Windows 8 when it is generally available.
Our next milestone is traditionally called RTM, Release to Manufacturing, and from today until RTM, we will still be changing Windows 8, as we have done in past releases of Windows. We thought it would be a good idea to outline the kinds of feedback we are acting on as millions download and use the Windows 8 Release Preview. Our focus from now until RTM is on continuing to maintain a quality level higher than Windows 7 in all the measures we focus on, including reliability over time; security to the core; PC, software, and peripheral compatibility; and resource utilization. We will rely heavily on the telemetry built into the product from setup through usage to inform us of the real-world experience over time of the Release Preview. In addition, we carefully monitor our forums for reproducible reports relative to PC, software, and peripheral compatibility. ¦He said the company will pay particular attention to installation, security and privacy, reliability and responsiveness, device installation and compatibility, software compatibility, servicing and new hardware. In the next month, Microsoft will further detail the value Windows 8 brings to businesses at TechEd North America. The new OS is expected to RTM this summer and ship in October.