Microsoft Outs Windows 8 Release Preview
As promised, Microsoft has released Windows 8 Release Preview (RP) in 14 languages. As the Redmond company marches towards the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) stage, this will be the last public pre-release.
The RP contains many bug fixes, improved multi-monitor support, updates to the apps (like Mail, Calendar, Photos, and Internet Explorer) seen in the Consumer Preview, as well as new apps such as Sports, Travel, and News, just to name a few. Windows Store has also expanded and reached Release Preview stage, with navigation and app management improvements, and a few new apps in the catalog. The most significant addition however, is the inclusion of Flash support in IE10 Metro. This is a departure from Microsoft’s stance last year when it said that IE10 Metro will not support browser-based plugins. Reportedly, Microsoft received strong customer feedback that Flash is still very important to one’s browsing experience.
Microsoft will “enter the final phases of the RTM process in about 2 months”, according to Windows chief, Steven Sinofsky. It took about three months for Windows 7 to go from RTM to retail release. So, we could be seeing an October/November release this time round again.
You can download the ISO images of the RP here.