Microsoft has bowled a final “Trial Bowl” in its series of Windows 8 Releases before raising curtains off its Final Windows 8 release with “WINDOWS 8 – RELEASE PREVIEW” today.
Windows 8 Release Preview, tag lined as “Windows reimagined” is the final BETA release with numerous bug fixes from its Consumer Preview counterpart released sometime before. Microsoft has worked out hard on the feed backs and suggestions received from its users starting from its Developer’s Preview to develop a flawless, fully functional & customized Windows 8 experience somewhere by October this year. The revolutionary Windows 8 idea group has primarily improvised on the Tablet – touch interface and has concentrated on pumping in more furnished apps like HotMail, SkyDrive, Messenger, Bing Travel App, Xbox gaming & music apps fully integrated with Microsoft’s Zune music service and also scores of 3rd Party Apps into the Windows 8 App Store in this release.
Microsoft Team hasn’t introduced any modifications to the Metro UI – Start Screen with live tiles and they look the same in this release too as seen above.
NEW IMPROVEMENTS IN WINDOWS 8 Release Preview :
- Improvements in the installation process, security, privacy, device & software compatibility.
(During our testing with the Consumer Preview we experienced problems while pairing other PCs & iPods through BlueTooth which has been eliminated in this release. )
- Significant improvement in the multi-monitor support which will facilitate improved extended displays.
- More personalization options for start screen, more Lock Screen Apps as compared to the few in Consumer Preview like Calendar, Mail, etc.
- More color schemes for the start screen with added hues.
- Improvements in the Windows Store App download methods.
- Touch optimized Metro version of Internet Explorer 10 now supports Adobe Flash Player & has a new “DO NOT TRACK” feature.
- Improvised split screen multi app functionality along with improvements in the existing Music, Photos, Weather Apps.
- Fully functional SkyDrive App that can access & display all your files on the Microsoft’s Cloud.
- The most important improvement is the seamless integration using numerous input methods like mouse, touch, pen, keyboard. The two innovative touch keypads styles incorporated in this release have been shown below.
But Microsoft’s president of its Window’s Division Steven Sinofsky sadly accepted that “though this new version still features the Windows 8 Aero theme, we also know that this will be gone in the final release” !! this may come as a shock for the lovers of the Window’s Glass Panes.
So on a broader context, this release preview of Windows 8 is expected to be a more stable version with less crashes and data loses as compared to the consumer preview. With our experience with the release preview we would suggest our Gadgetic readers who have already tried out the Consumer Preview to wait for the final release rather than trying out this pre-release version.
Finally here is the Gadgetic eligibility criteria for those who are planning at trying out the Release Preview:
- If you like to use latest software and love experimenting with new BETA technologies.
- If you are comfortable backing up a PC, formatting a hard drive, and installing an operating system from scratch.
- If you are comfortable troubleshooting PC problems yourself.
- If you don’t mind updating software & losing data frequently.
- If you have the installation or recovery media and the knowledge to restore your previous operating system after you’re done testing Windows 8 Release Preview.
- Your PC may crash and you may lose important files.
- You shouldn’t test Windows 8 Release Preview on your primary home or business PC.
- You should back up your data.
- Some softwares may not work properly including Antivirus & Security programs.
- Printers, video cards & other hardwares may not work.
- Files may become corrupt.
We have concluded that
“The concept of Windows 8 is basically to create a powerful as well as light OS build on the strong footholds & foundations of Windows 7 with a much improved visually attractive interface (METRO of course!!) and unification of devices ranging from tablets to desktops with least consumption of power all within an interactively connected environment“
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