Microsoft has today announced availability of the Windows 8 Release Preview, what is expected to be the final milestone before the highly anticipated Windows 8 operating system is released. Windows 8 has become the most tested Microsoft operating system of all time, and with today’s release, it enters its final phase of development before it releases to manufacturing.
“We’re thrilled to be at this milestone with the Windows 8 Release Preview,” said Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft.
Microsoft released the previous Windows 8 Consumer Preview build of the operating system (OS) back in February. According to Microsoft, if all goes according to plan now there will be PCs with Windows 8 and Windows RT the version of Windows 8 for ARM devices available for the holidays.
There are two versions available:
Windows 8 Preview Release would be available in different languages, including Arabic, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Korean, French, Japanese, English, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, German and Turkish.
If you’re interested in checking out Windows 8, then you would require the following system specs:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
- Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
Microsoft will roll out the Windows Upgrade Offer in 131 markets, including the U.S. and Canada. Consumers who buy eligible Windows 7-based PCs through Jan. 31, 2013, can purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of $14.99.