Microsoft has pushed out the Release Preview version of Windows 8.
This one is the final pre-release candidate, and it comes with the core OS, along with Internet Explorer 10 and new Windows 8 apps for hooking up to the likes of SkyDrive and Hotmail.
It’s available for download now, in fourteen different languages.
In a blog post, Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky said that the next milestone for Windows 8 will be RTM, or Release to Manufacturing. He also noted that plenty of work is still continuing on the OS, based on feedback from testers and the community at large, to polish it up for final release.
In the final run up to the launch, Microsoft will be focusing on tightening security, dealing with any installation issues, and honing device compatibility, among other issues.
Sinofsky commented: “We often say that shipping a major product means ‘slowing everything down.’ Right now we’re being very deliberate with every change we make and ensuring our quality is higher than ever as we progress towards RTM. The product is final when it is loaded on new PCs or broadly available for purchase.”
Microsoft expects that Windows 8 will enter the final phases of the RTM process in around two months time. If it stays on target, Windows 8 and Windows RT (its ARM counterpart) will be available before Christmas.