Microsoft made the Windows 8 Release Preview version available Thursday. If you just can't wait to install, please tell us about how it's going.
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Microsoft Thursday released Windows 8 Release Preview, a more polished version of the blockbuster OS upgrade expected to ship in the fall. We got a look at the Windows 8 "consumer preview" version earlier this year: See Windows 8 Beta: Visual Tour for an in-depth guide to the look and feel of the new OS.
Between now and RTM, Microsoft will continue to refine the code, looking at issues including setup matters, compatibility glitches, and performance. It will also make some last tweaks to the touch-friendly Metro interface and feature set.
As predicted, Microsoft says Windows 8 and Windows RT will arrive for the crucial holiday retail season. The exact date for when the first Windows 8 machines will ship, Sinofsky notes, will be up to the hardware partners.
"Few details have emerged about Windows 8 hardware, but it's expected that many vendors will produce systems that can be operated in tablet mode or as a laptop with support for multiple monitors," McDougall noted. "Users armed with such devices will be able to run multiple Metro apps across multiple screens, or run a Metro app on one screen while showing the classic Windows desktop on another."
Are you installing the Windows 8 Release Preview version soon? If so, we'd like to hear about how it goes. Tell us about the machine and what you see as you install, in the comments field below. We'll spotlight your comments in a follow-up story tomorrow, along with further coverage.
You can get up to speed with our Windows 8 Super Guide, which has all the news, analysis, and tips you need as you consider what Windows 8 will mean to your devices at home and in the enterprise.