It has been confirmed by Microsoft today that the Release Preview of Windows 8 will be released in June, which suggests that the final version for the retail customers will arrive around September.
Steven Sinofsky, head of the Windows team, made the announcement at Windows 8 Developer Days in Japan, and the news was then tweeted through to the masses via Microsoft’s Building Windows 8 Twitter page.
Previously, the Consumer Preview was released in February, which got many Windows users attention (judging by the numbers of downloads. Twice as many consumers jumped on the Windows 8 consumer preview as they did with Windows 7 beta, and according to Sinofsky, “millions of people [are] using [it] everyday.”.
Unfortunately, no more details have actually been revealed, but if we compare what Microsoft has released up until now compared with times passed, the version to be released in June will be the Windows release to manufacturing (RTM) code – a complete version which can then begin distribution to partners and manufacturers.
Microsoft has been performing with a great momentum till now with the Windows 8 project. With this momentum, the final release is likely to be released by October. As always, we’ll keep you posted when more info comes in.