Windows 8 ‘Release Preview’ Expected In June
John Neumann for Redorbit.com
Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft’s Windows unit said at an event in Japan that the software giant will deliver a Windows 8 “Release Preview’ in the first week of June, reports Darryl K. Taft for E-Week.
This preview edition of Windows 8 follows the Windows 8 “Consumer Preview” available to users as a beta release since the end of February.
The release preview is promised by Microsoft to be the most complete version to date of the upcoming version of the operating system, said Sinofsky.
It appears that Microsoft still believes in releasing a bewildering array of confusing product names that do little to bring a unified experience to its marketing, writes Jay Alabaster for IDG News. Last week, Microsoft announced that it would deliver four primary versions of Windows 8 client for customers: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows RT and Windows 8 Enterprise.
Windows 8 is the official product name for the next x86/64 editions of Windows. This version will get you started with a basic desktop PC with few bells and whistles.
Windows 8 Pro is to be aimed at tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals obtain a broader set of Windows 8 technologies. It includes features for encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity, all on top of the basic Windows 8 features.
Windows RT is designed for Windows on ARM, or WOA. Windows RT will include touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. For new apps, the focus for Windows RT is development on the new Windows runtime, or WinRT.
Windows 8 Enterprise includes all the features of Windows 8 Pro plus features for IT organizations that enable PC management and deployment, advanced security, virtualization, new mobility scenarios and more.
Windows 8 is available for Consumer Preview as a free download and Microsoft hopes to gathering feedback as users eager to try out the new OS test it on their computers. The current version of the OS, Windows 7, was released to the general public in October 2009, which is a lifetime ago as far as major software systems are concerned.