Microsoft's Windows 8 Release Preview Build 8400 "Unofficial" Chinese version has been leaked to the internet. The Windows 8 Release Preview is expected to be available in the first week of June. A WinUnleaked user has confirmed that the ISO legitimate.
The ISO is named 8400.0.WINMAIN_WIN8RC.120518-1423_X64FRE_CLIENT_ZH-CN-HRC_CCSA_X64FRE_ZH-CN_DV5.ISO, and the build was compiled on the 18th of May.
The ISO requires a setup key for install, much like the Consumer Preview. The build is available for download now on non official Microsoft servers.
Those who got their hands on the leaked Chinese build and tried to install it found out that it was a lot harder than usual. However, a WinUnleaked forum user has successfully installed the Windows 8 Release Preview in Chinese by fiddling around with the settings.
Also, Microsoft and third-party developers have updated the Windows 8 Metro apps in preparation for the Release Preview launch. A page on Microsoft's website lists the URLs of all of the current Windows 8 Metro apps available on the Windows Store shows many of these apps have been updated, even as late as Monday or today.
For example, Microsoft's own Reader and Photos apps, were updated on Monday "to support the latest Windows 8 changes." And, the Windows 8 Finance app is shown to have been updated today on its page.
Third party Windows 8 apps such as the video service Vimeo and others have also been updated recently and indicate the update specifically for the Release Preview build of Windows 8.
Also, with the Windows 8, the company said that its "Windows Live" branding is going away. "Microsoft's branding of many of its products with the "Live" moniker (such as Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Search, Windows Live Toolbar, Windows Live Family Safety, and Windows Live Writer) never made any sense and the introduction of Windows 8 later this year gives the company some "cover" to finally get rid of the "Windows Live" brand. The company will still keep the "Live" brand for its Xbox game," the New York Times reports.