The Windows 8 Release Preview will arrive in the first week of June 2012

Well folks, we have a confirmed date.

Steven Sinofsky has announced that the Windows 8 Release Preview (yes that is the name) will come in the first week of June 2012.

He made the initial announcement during an on-stage appearance at Japan’s Windows 8 Dev Days.

He also announced this more generally on the Build Windows 8 Twitter feed.

Windows 8 Release Preview announcement Twitterfeed

Windows 8 Release Preview announcement Twitterfeed

This is the stage of software development that comes right after the beta or in the case of Windows 8, the Windows 8 consumer Preview. The Windows 8 Beta or Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released on February 29th of 2012.

Based on the meticulous march toward the finish line, we can expect 2 things.

  • The Windows 8 Release Preview will be the final release before production.
  • Windows 8 will be released to the general public this year (either September or October).

Exciting times are ahead folks.

Stay tuned for much more.

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