Microsoft is gearing up to broaden the pool of early adopters that have been testing Windows 8.
A pre-release development milestone of Windows 8
will be made available to more testers than ever before in the next few months, Steven Sinofsky
, President, Windows and Windows Live Division confirmed at the start of this week.
Of course, the Redmond company’s official confirmation comes a tad late, especially since there was already a general consensus that the software giant was preparing to broaden the testing program for Windows 8.
The BUILD Windows conference, a Windows 8-centric event, is less than a month away, and Microsoft is expected to share some Windows 8 bits with participants, as well as with additional testers worldwide.
Via the new Building Windows 8 blog, Sinofsky notes that Microsoft has started “an open dialog with those of you who will be trying out the pre-release version over the coming months.”
There’s no confirmation of the fact that Windows 8 bits will indeed be shared at BUILD. And at the same time, there’s no telling how advanced will the Windows 8 test Build be from a development process point of view.
While some are expecting Microsoft to share Windows 8 Beta at BUILD, there’s no guarantee that this will actually happen.
The company might as well offer a Milestone 3 (M3) pre-Beta Build of Windows 8
at BUILD, just as it did with Windows 7 at PDC 2008, and only subsequently launch the fully-fledged Beta of the next generation of the Windows client.
“Building the next release of Microsoft Windows is an industry-wide effort that Microsoft approaches with a strong sense of responsibility and humility. Windows 8 reimagines Windows for a new generation of computing devices, and will be the very best operating system for hundreds of millions of PCs, new and old, used by well over a billion people globally,” Sinofsky added.