Windows 8 Release Preview Released

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Windows 8 Release Preview Released

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Yesterday Microsoft announced that Windows 8 Release Preview is now available for download 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. And it’s free. Summer is coming up and summer is a great time for teachers and students to check out new things. Windows 8 is as new as it gets.

Some of the things that are new in this release are:

  • New Metro style Bing Travel, News and Sports apps.
  • Gaming and Music Xbox apps that integrate with your Zune pass.
  • Improvements to the Mail, Photos, and People apps that initially debuted with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

You’ll also experience tens of thousands of refinements across the product, such as increased personalization options for the Start screen, improved multi-monitor support, refinements to the way people find and download apps through the Windows Store, and new Family Safety features among many, many others. A touch-friendly, secure and power-optimized Adobe Flash Player is now fully integrated into IE10 and it’s also the first browser to feature Do Not Track “on” by default, giving customers more choice and control over their privacy.

You can also Develop Windows 8 apps now with available resources. 

Please be sure to check the Windows 8 Release Preview download page for system requirements, release notes, upgrade instructions, and other details on how to install and use the Release Preview.

  • Have you done the download yourself, Alfred?  What are your thoughts?  Despite the negative reports of the "Do Not Track" option on by default, I like that Microsoft is taking the lead on this.  Hopefully, all browsers will follow.

  • I've got the previous release on one of my laptops and have been using it for a while. I want to get to the office to install the MS IT supported build with Office pre-installed for this version. SO far it has been very reliable. It's a bit different and that takes someone at my advanced age a bit to adjust to but generally I like it.

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