countdown for Windows 8

 

Microsoft will release the Windows 8 Release Preview — the last of the public test builds of the operating system before it is released to manufacturing — the first week of June.

Microsoft Windows chief Steven Sinofsky made the announcement at a Windows developer event in Tokyo on April 24.

Microsoft officials have said previously that the company is not necessarily sticking to the same timeline it followed with Windows 7, but it’s hard not to compare. Here’s what that looked like:

Windows 7 beta released
: January 2009
Windows 7 Release Candidate released: May 2009
Windows 7 RTM: July 2009
Windows 7 launch: October 2009

Windows 8 beta (Consumer Preview) released: February 2012
Windows 8 Release Candidate (Release Preview) released: June 2012
Windows 8 RTM: Late July/August 2012 (?)
Windows 8 launch: October 2012 (?)

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