Windows 8 Release Preview now available for download

Windows 8 is getting closer to its final state as Microsoft announced the availability of  the Release Preview for download. With this release, Windows 8 enters its final phase of development before it releases to manufacturing.

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Last February, Microsoft released the Consumer Preview of Windows 8, and it has undergone a lot of developments before this Release Preview which will be available for download in 14 languages. One of the major revision here was the scrapping of the “aero” feature of Windows Vista and 7 when on desktop mode in favor of a more simpler, more metro design of the windows.

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Other refinements include increased personalization options for the Start screen, improved multimonitor support, refinements to the way people find and download apps through the Windows Store, and new Family Safety features. A touch-friendly and power-optimized Adobe Flash Player is now integrated into Internet Explorer 10, and it is also the first browser to feature Do Not Track “œon” by default, giving customers more choice and control over their privacy.

Starting today, Microsoft rolls out the Windows 8 Upgrade Offer where customers who purchase eligible Windows 7-based PCs through Jan. 31, 2013, can also purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of $14.99 (U.S.). Still now word on the actual release and pricing offers of Windows 8 though but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

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  • Nick

    I hope this is free again on MSDN when it comes out.

  • Rigor

    Just installed mine on a virtual machine… awesome…