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Microsoft has officially announced that the Windows 8 Release Preview is on track to be released in the first week of June.

Speaking at the Windows 8 Developer Days conference in Japan, the company let all of those in attendance know that a near-final version of the highly anticipated OS is on its way. While we still don't have an official release date for when we will see Windows 8 hitting store shelves or pre-built systems, this is a fairly good indicator that Microsoft is still on track to release it by this fall.

The last major release was the Consumer Preview which hit more than 1 million downloads in 24 hours, so it's pretty obvious that people are excited for this next major iteration of the market dominating OS.  It's also a major gamble for Microsoft as it is the most radically redesigned version since Windows 95 and they are aiming for it to be a cross-platform success on both PCs and tablets.

No word as of yet as to what will be different in the Release Preview edition from the Consumer Preview, but we'll keep you posted.