Microsoft Offers Windows 8 Release Preview

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While Microsoft generally doesn't make big changes or additions to products between the Release Preview and RTM stages, Microsoft developers will continue to make improvements, corrections and bug fixes to the software until the code is frozen for the RTM stage.

"From today until RTM, we will still be changing Windows 8, as we have done in past releases of Windows," Sinofsky said. In his blog, he outlined a number of areas developers would be particularly focusing on, including installation tools and functions, security and privacy features, reliability and responsiveness, device installation and compatibility, software compatibility, servicing of Windows 8, and support for new PC hardware.

Microsoft also announced that beginning June 2, customers who purchase PCs with Windows 7 will be eligible to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 under the Windows Upgrade Offer in 131 markets, including in both the U.S. and Canada.

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