Microsoft has made available the Windows 8 Release Preview. This is an updated version of the Consumer Preview. The final version is expected to release in the market by November.
It’s an attempt to build an Apple-proof operating system with modern visual elements via the Metro design language. It states 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 today’s 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. This is more “beta two” than “release candidate.”
It’s true that the Windows 8 Release Preview has a lot going for it, and people are curious. 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.
It’s 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 far from complete.