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Microsoft Reveals the Path to Windows 8 RTM

Microsoft revealed its plans for Windows 8’s release during the Build developer’s conference. We learned that Windows 8 will have only a few more milestones before going final. First we will have a beta, a release candidate, release to manufacturing, and finally, general availability.

Microsoft supplied no detailed timing on when Windows 8 will launch, but offered a few tidbits on what to expect. First, the Developer Preview build is expected later today and will have Visual Studo Express 11, Expression Blend 5, SDK, and Apps Developer Pre-release. The Windows 8 Developer Preview build will be free and will require no activation and no support.

We also learned that Windows 8 will have only a few more milestones before going final. First we will have a beta, a release candidate, release to manufacturing, and finally, general availability. Again, no detailed timeline on when Windows 8 will hit final.

Microsoft is expected to deliver the the Developer Preview of Windows 8, the same code that was demoed at the Build conference, later today. “Starting at 8PM today, Seattle time, you can download all of the code that attendees at BUILD received. This includes 32 or 64 bit x86 builds, with or without development tools. The ISOs are linked to from http://dev.windows.com. You download with a Windows Live ID (which you might want to use to test out some of the new roaming features),” Microsoft stated.

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