Microsoft’s upcoming operating system updated to Windows 8 Release Preview, implies that the final product would be shipped by this year end.
Windows 8 is a bold attempt to build an Apple-proof operating system with modern visual elements via the risky Metro design language. It’s a salvo in the war for tablet relevance. It insists that touch screens matter, and it sets the stage for upcoming versions of Windows Mobile.
For Microsoft to succeed with Windows on all platforms, Windows 8 has to work. The changes in the Release Preview take a step in the right direction, tightening up the operating system and introducing new apps to showcase just what Windows 8 can do. But Microsoft is still working on its builds to get the Release To Manufacturing or RTM version .
Microsoft says the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which debuted at Mobile World Congress in February, is “the most tested Microsoft operating system of all time,” with more than 1 million downloads during its first 24 hours of public availability.
The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is tricked out with social networking and synchronization, it’s robust enough to handle monster suites like Adobe’s, it gracefully moves from touch to keyboard and mouse, and it’s got some top-notch security.
What you’ll find in the Release Preview is a stable, fast operating system that’s ready to compete, but a selection of default apps that are yet to be completed.