Microsoft has unveiled in its Building Windows 8 Blog, its plans during the phase of Release Preview (RP) and Release To Manufacturing (RTM).
Windows 8 Release Preview is now available for download in 14 languages. This final pre-release includes Windows 8, Internet Explorer 10, new Windows 8 apps for connecting to Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger (and many more), and hundreds of new and updated apps in the Windows Store.
Microsoft’s next milestone is traditionally called RTM, Release To Manufacturing, and from now until RTM, the company will still be changing Windows 8. The focus from now until RTM is on continuing to maintain a quality level higher than
Windows 7 in all the measures including reliability over time; security to the core; PC, software, and peripheral compatibility; and resource utilization. Microsoft 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, Microsoft will carefully monitor the forums for reproducible reports relative to PC, software, and peripheral compatibility. Microsoft looks hard at every aspect of Windows 8 to complete the work on the product by highlighting the following:
- Security and privacy
- Reliability and responsiveness
- Device installation and compatibility
- Software compatibility
- New hardware
Microsoft says the path to RTM is well defined and critical to the careful and high quality landing of Windows 8 for their PC manufacturing partners. The changes that are made to the product from RP to RTM are all carefully considered and deliberate, including some specific feature changes the company plans on making to the user experience.
Microsoft plans to roll out Windows 8 in over 100 different languages and preparing final products for different markets around the world.