For what seems like an eternity, Microsoft has been busy with the upcoming launch of the next major iteration of Windows, which is of course Windows 8. There is no doubt that the release Windows 8 is just around the corner but that doesn't seem to stop Microsoft from releasing another preview build that will allow users to take the latest Windows for a test-drive. Windows 8 Release Preview is now available for download.
Microsoft just announced today the availability of Windows 8 Release Preview which is expected to be the last milestone before the release of the highly anticipated operating system. This release preview is supposedly going to be released at around first week of June but it seems that the Redmond folks just couldn't contain their excitement anymore and went ahead and released it several days ahead of schedule. The build that was released today is build 8400 and in case you're wondering, it is available for everyone for FREE.
So what can you expect from this preview build of Windows 8? As it turns out, it offers a few notable enhancements over the last preview build which is the Consumer Preview. You can expect features like Flash support, new apps such as Box.net and Wikipedia over at the Windows Store, a "Flip ahead" browser gesture and the OS is now available in 13 languages. And of course, you can also expect a couple of performance and stability fixes and fixes. If you are interested in installing this build, be sure that your machine can handle the system requirements:
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
Additional requirements to use certain features:
To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multitouch.
To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768.
To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768.
Internet access (ISP fees might apply)
There are two versions of the build available which are the 64-bit and 42-bit versions. Just keep in mind that you will need to perform a clean install in order to use this build. Download links for the ISO images of the English version are available below but if you want it in any other languages, visit Microsoft's official download page.