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Microsoft Pushes Out Windows 8 Release Preview

Microsoft has published the final pre-release version of Windows 8 to the general public. Named Windows 8 Release Preview, the code offers consumers a final glimpse of what’s coming in Windows 8 with “tens of thousands of under-the-hood changes” from the Consumer Preview, according to Windows chief, Steven Sinofsky.

Over the last few months, Microsoft engineers have been building out additional features for the the platform, most notably Windows’ new app store and adding polish to the user experience as the code is prepared for release. Expect to see some additional changes to Windows 8 before its final release, however, as stated by Sinofsky in today’s blog post announcing the release,”The changes we make to the product from RP to RTM are all carefully considered and deliberate, including some specific feature changes we plan on making to the user experience. This is a routine part of the late stages of bringing a complex product like Windows to market.”

Whilst the release will undoubtedly cause a ripple amongst Windows enthusiasts, Microsoft still has a lot of work to do persuading the wider tech community to upgrade willingly. A recent Windows 8 poll ran by WGS highlighted mixed feelings on upgrading amongst our readers, with just 37% stating a desire to upgrade to the new platform. With intense focus in Redmond on “re-imagining” Windows for tablets over the last few years, perhaps more disappointing for the company is that just 35% of readers are considering the purchase of any Windows 8 tablet, and only 14% considering a Windows RT based machine running Microsoft’s scaled down ARM code.

Of course, Windows 8 will shift in volume, courtesy of OEM pre-installation on millions of PCs sold in the coming years – but the world has moved on since the release of Windows 7 back in 2009. Microsoft will be hoping that the changes made in Windows 8 will keep the brand, and the platform relevant against intense competition from Apple and Google.

Download: Windows 8 Release Preview

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Terry Walsh is the founder of We Got Served. He started the community in February 2007 with a mission to help families, tech enthusiasts everywhere figure out the technology needed to run the modern home and small business. He's the author of a number of guides to Windows, Windows Server and OS X Server and runs his own successful publishing business. Born and raised in Liverpool, England, Terry has been awarded Microsoft's prestigious Most Valuable Professional Award each year since 2008 for his work on We Got Served.
  • Won’t be for everyone – but it looks incredible!

  • Maybe those with an interest in W8, should check out . As WGS is the holy grail for WHS… thehotfix is for everything else windows.

    • Paul

      BS! dont bother, to anyone who takes a look at the site you’ll soon see he’s talking s**t!

      • Davehobson

        Wow thanks for those kind words..Indeed it looks like the servers for the usually very active forums are currently down. Im not one for flaming Paul and it seems it would be lost on a retard like you.

        • Paul

          1 post on the main page since sept 11, yea very active site with lots of irrelevant feeds (BBC world news??), 2 windows articles in total…  I’m not flaming.. just warning people! you said “thehotfix is everything else windows…” its very clearly not!! and you say I’m the retard… *sigh*

          I spoke the truth, who knows what you’re trying to achieve.

  • cjmccarthy72

    No mention of WHS 2012 Release Preview yet?

    • No, there has been no public announcements of Microsoft’s Server SKUs at this point, other than the standard Windows Server 2012.

  • James

    Terry, will you be doing another test of Storage Spaces with this updated release?

    • Hi James

      Well, you may have us confused with another site – we haven’t published any Storage Spaces tests, as I firmly believe it’s misleading to run these kind of benchmarks on beta code. We’ll be running a range of features on Win 8 over the coming months, pre and post release but we’ll wait for final code before giving Storage Spaces a nod or shake on performance.

      Hope that makes sense 🙂


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