Posted on 1-Jun-2012 07:45.
Filed under: News
In a blog post today, Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky has announced the availability for download of Windows 8 Release Preview in 14 languages. This is the final pre-release, and 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.
The next milestone after the Release Preview is called RTM, Release to Manufacturing, and from today until RTM, Microsoft will still be changing Windows 8. The company will work now on continuing to maintain a quality level higher than Windows 7 in all the measures they focus on, including reliability over time; security, software, and peripheral compatibility and resource utilization.
Microsoft relies on the telemetry built into the product from setup through usage to collect data on real world experience over time of the Release Preview.
Since its first release last September, millions of people now use the pre-release product on a daily basis and millions more have been taking it through its paces, totalling hundreds of millions of hours of testing.
Mr Sinofsky says "Just nine months ago, we kicked off this blog as a dialog about the design and development of Windows 8. We’ve talked in depth about building Windows 8, including the features, the designs, and the background behind these. We’ve done so in over 70 posts totaling over 500 pages if printed out and 34 videos totaling over 90 minutes, all coming directly from engineers of the product. We’ve had about 18,000 comments from approximately 7,000 people. Over 170 Windows engineers contributed to the dialog, including over 200 comments I posted (though I was out-commented by one other pretty active reader!). Of course, we’ve been carefully watching the telemetry of the millions of tech enthusiasts using the product at each milestone."
"Windows is unique in this way. No other product used by so many provides such an inside view of the choices and development of the product as it evolves—and sometimes we forget that we are talking about a product still under active development even while we are discussing the designs and actively using it. The affirmations, debates, and even disagreements play a crucial role in the development of Windows. This has never been truer, as we reimagine Windows from the chipset to the experience—new hardware support, new user interaction models, new scenarios, new APIs and more, are all enabled with Windows 8, while we bring forward and improve the way Windows 7 has been used on over 550 million PCs around the world. Coming soon, we will see a new wave of PCs designed for Windows 8, along with new apps powered by the new Windows 8 platform."
Microsoft says that once they have entered the RTM stage, partners will begin making their final images and manufacturing PCs, and hardware and software vendors will ready their Windows 8 support and new products.
"If you buy a new PC running Windows 7 today, with the great support from our PC partners, you will be ready for Windows 8." says Mr Sinofsky.