Windows 8 Release Preview to arrive in early June

Microsoft is set to roll out a “Release Preview” of Windows 8 during the first week of June, the company has announced.

Details of the Release Preview are sketchy, but it’s believed this will be the final test version of the OS before it’s released later this year. It’s not clear whether the Release Preview will include a version of the operating system that runs on ARM processors.

The release will come four months after after Consumer Preview arrived in February.

The company made the announcement at Japan’s Windows 8 Dev Days event, and broadcast the news via its Building Windows 8 Twitter feed.

Windows 8 is a landmark release for the company, with its controversial new Metro interface and touchscreen support, as well as the move to the ARM architecture for the first time.

Last week the company announced there would be four versions of the OS, with x86 versions called Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise and the ARM version dubbed Windows RT.

The final release is expected in October this year.

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