At a Windows Developer event in Tokyo on April 24, Microsoft Windows chief Steven Sinofsky, has confirmed that the next public beta release "Release Preview " of the Windows 8 will be avialble in the first week of June.
This announcement comes just in time for Computex 2012, and a week after since Microsoft announced the upcoming four versions of Windows 8, followed by the re-branding of Windows Server 8 officially dubbed Windows Server 2012 last week.
The four SKUs of Windows 8 including two dedicated consumer versions and one edition for the enterprise -- that include 'Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 Enterprise'. There will also be a specific edition matched for the ARM platform -- dubbed Windows RT -- designed for the tablet scene as Microsoft tries to officially enter the tablet market.
Sinfosky has said that in early June Windows 8 Release Preview will be available for download.
The company would not go further in its announcement and detail when the finished and polished version of Windows 8 would be made available to the general public. The 'Consumer Preview', a user-ready version of the operating system.
But, the bottom line is that Windows 8 is in its final development stages. It should be available, as many have been predicting for more than a year, by this fall on new x86/x64 and ARM-based tablets and PCs.
Here's what that thw Windows 7 and Windows 8 timeline looks like: (via MJF)
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 (?)