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Microsoft Leak Reveals Windows 8 Release Preview Coming Today

by Killian Bell | May 31, 2012May 31, 2012 3:00 am PDT

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A Microsoft blog post that was published — and then quickly pulled — yesterday, May 30, reveals that the company’s first Windows 8 Release Preview is scheduled to arrive today. The post was dated May 31, but seems to have been published a day early accidentally. Of course, before Microsoft had chance to pull it, the news had already spread.

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.

The post was written by Chuck Chan, Vice President of the Windows Development team, and posted to the new Windows Hardware and Driver Developer blog:

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.

Now that it has been pulled, the blog has no posts at all.

None of the download links within the post were active when it went live, but of course, we’re expecting that to change when the post reappears later today. The Next Web managed to obtain a copy of the entire post before it was pulled:

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 CenterForumsMSDN 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

If you’re itching to get your hands on the Release Preview, be sure to keep an eye on the blog today.

[via The Next Web]


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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