Today, Microsoft made available for download the Release Preview of its Windows 8 operating system, which is the final pre-release flavor of the operating system.
We already had a look at some of the main enhancements included in this release, but we should wait for more of them in the upcoming development milestones
Apparently, we won’t have to wait too long for them to arrive. Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky mentioned in a blog post
on Building Windows 8 that the RTM version of Windows 8 will arrive in two months’ time, which means that late July is the timeframe to look for.
As soon as the platform is released to manufacturing, hardware partners will start applying the final touches to their Windows 8 devices
, and should have them ready sometime in October.
Various reports on the matter have already emerged, and Steven Sinofsky’s statement appears to confirm them. Microsoft released the final version of Windows 7 too three months after the RTM flavor.