Microsoft Shipping Windows 8 Release Preview Today

Posted May 31, 2012

Microsoft Corporation is going to be shipping a Windows 8 Release Preview today, which is several days earlier than what was expected. The company published a blog post about it yesterday, which was actually dated May 31st meaning that they published accidentally. The blog post was written by Windows development team executive Chuck Chan. Initially Microsoft said that they were planning to make the Release Preview available on the first week of June. Microsoft has not announced a launch date for Windows 8, but analysts are predicting that it will arrive in October, just in time for the holiday season with prices that were similar to Windows 7. About two weeks ago, Microsoft said that they were getting rid of the “Aero” user interface.  Below is a copy of the blog post that was deleted:


Welcome to the Windows 8 Hardware blog! I?m Chuck Chan,Corporate Vice President on the Windows Development team. We?re very excited to make available today the Windows 8 Release Preview on the Windows Dev Center.Windows 8 represents a leap forward for the Windows platform, the development tool set, and the device experiences you can build for Windows. We?re launching this blog to give you some insight into how we designed and built Windows 8, and to explore the best practices for developing great hardware and drivers, as you enter the new world of Windows 8 development.

The people contributing to this blog are the engineers
building Windows 8 and the tools and kits that support it. Our goal is to help
you get started by focusing on the ?why? and ?how? of building amazing PCs and
device experiences for Windows 8. Each blog post will present a development
topic and tie together information from the Dev Center, Forums, MSDN Library, and where it makes sense, samples from the Windows Hardware Code Gallery.

We designed the Windows 8 platform and tools to help you
create high-quality drivers and Metro style device apps using an integrated,
modern tool set. Using the Windows Driver Kit (WDK) and Visual Studio, you can
write, build, sign package, deploy, test, and debug your drivers and apps
directly from Visual Studio. With the new Windows Hardware Certification Kit,
you can ensure the compatibility and reliability of your devices, and provide a
great overall user experience.

To get started, download and install Windows 8 Release Preview, the Windows Driver Kit 8, and Visual Studio Professional 2012. The Windows 8 SDK is also included with Visual Studio. As you begin using Windows 8, you?ll
notice that we?ve added new features and improved existing ones. In addition to
providing a modern tool set, we?ve also been hard at work improving power
management and refining the way you provide a great user experience for devices with Metro style device apps. We?ll share more
details in future posts.

The Windows Development team will post to this blog once
every one to two weeks until the release of Windows 8. Commenting is
encouraged, and we are looking forward to a lively conversation. Please apply
common courtesy and stay on topic with your comments. The Windows Hardware Community Forum is also a great place for hardware-related questions and discussion about
Windows 8.

We can?t wait to see the amazing devices and experiences
you?re building for Windows 8 come to life!

Chuck Chan, May 31 2012