Microsoft Announces Availability of Windows 8 Release Preview
Windows Upgrade Offer introduced, which gives consumers a path to Windows 8 upon general availability
Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of the Windows 8 Release Preview,
the next milestone of the highly anticipated Windows 8 operating system. Available
for download today in 14 languages at
http://preview.windows.com, the Windows 8
Release Preview delivers a fast and fluid experience, along with a new user
interface that responds equally well to touch as it does to keyboard and mouse.
Since the February release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which was downloaded more
than 1 million times in the first 24 hours, Windows 8 has become the most tested
Microsoft operating system of all time, and with today’s release, it enters its
final phase of development before it releases to manufacturing.
“We’re thrilled to be at this milestone with the Windows 8 Release Preview,” said
Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft.
New Apps Provide an Even Richer Experience
Windows 8 Release Preview delivers new apps from Microsoft and partners. Highlights
include Bing Travel, News and Sports apps, as well as Gaming and Music Xbox apps
that integrate with your Zune pass. The Windows 8 Release Preview also features
notable improvements to the Mail, Photos and People apps that initially debuted
with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. In addition, Microsoft has worked closely with
its partners to deliver apps from around the world through the Windows Store.
Beyond the new apps from Microsoft and partners, customers testing the Windows 8
Release Preview will also experience tens of thousands of refinements across the
product, such as increased personalization options for the Start screen, improved
multimonitor support, refinements to the way people find and download apps through
the Windows Store, and new Family Safety features. The new Internet Explorer 10
redefines browsing, particularly for touch-enabled devices. The Web is as fast and
fluid as any app, and with new capabilities in the Windows 8 Release Preview such
as “flip ahead,” it is just as intuitive. A touch-friendly and power-optimized
Adobe Flash Player is now integrated into Internet Explorer 10, and it is also the
first browser to feature Do Not Track “on” by default, giving customers more choice
and control over their privacy.
# # #
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions
that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
Microsoft Philippines, the local subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, has been
constantly bringing innovation and making its technology available to Filipino businesses
and individuals since 1995. As a committed and trusted partner in nation-building,
Microsoft Philippines has made it its mission to fuel growth and healthy communities,
as well as transform locally-based businesses and empower them to compete in the
Angat Pinoy, Angat Negosyo. Angat Pilipinas.
Some information relates to a prerelease product, which may be
substantially modified before it is commercially released. Microsoft
makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the
information provided here.
For more information, press only:
Rapid Response Team, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, (503) 443-7070, email@example.com
Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at
http://www.microsoft.com/news. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time
of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or
other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/news/contactpr.mspx