Microsoft Windows 8 Release Preview: What You Need to Know

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-06-01
 
 
 

SkyDrive

SkyDrive and an Internet connection give you access to practically everything on your PC.

SkyDrive

Start Screen

Here's a view of the new Windows 8 Release Preview start screen. It has all the information you care about in one place, with tiles changing and updating in real time so you can stay on top of things.

Start Screen

Touch Keyboard

Windows 8 allows users to type naturally with the touch keyboard.

Touch Keyboard

Windows Store

Users can choose from a variety of apps in the Windows Store.

Windows Store

Internet Explorer 10

With the upcoming version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, all your open sites are located in one convenient location.

Internet Explorer 10

Multiple Monitors

Windows 8 Release Preview works seamlessly with multiple monitors. Microsoft has tried to make PCs relevant again in an era of tablets and smartphones, and multiple monitors is one way for the company and its OEM partners to get businesses and consumers excited about computers again.

Multiple Monitors

Windows 8 Release Preview

Microsoft made the Windows 8 Release Preview available May 31. It is the final version of the company's new operating system that will be available before the product ships. If everything goes according to plan, Microsoft will likely unveil Windows 8 in October, making it ready for the 2012 Christmas shopping season.

Windows 8 Release Preview

Get in Touch

With Windows 8, touch is in. Here, a Windows 8 Release Preview user is shown using the product on a touch-enabled laptop. Again, it's way for Microsoft to make laptops relevant in an age of tablets.

Get in Touch

Mail

Here's an example of the mail app on Windows 8 Release Preview.

Mail

Visual Studio 2012

In addition to delivering Windows 8 Release Preview on May 31, Microsoft also made available the newly named Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate.

Visual Studio 2012

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