Windows 8 'release preview' due in early June

Microsoft sets a rough date for the release preview, generally the last stage before a product's final version. In this case, the final cut is expected in the fall.

Windows 8 "release preview" coming in June.

Microsoft will unleash a "release preview" version of Windows 8 in the first week of June, the company announced this evening.

Microsoft President Steven Sinofsky made the announcement during an on-stage appearance at Japan's Windows 8 Dev Days and more broadly on the Build Windows 8 Twitter feed.

The release preview follows a beta and is the last stage before a product's final version. The beta, or consumer preview, of Windows 8, came out on February 29 . A recent report suggests that the final version of Windows 8 will launch this October .

Windows 8 will be a big test for Microsoft. It is intended to unify Microsoft's flagship OS on the desktop and tablet, is " the most integrated and most capable operating system Microsoft has ever put out ," according to CNET Reviews Editor Seth Rosenblatt.

Windows 8 is tooled to run on on ARM chips as well as so-called x86 chips that power traditional PCs. Microsoft officials announced the Windows 8 SKU lineup last week and shared details about some of the features in the coming version.

Updated at 9:15 p.m. PT to correct month of release in the headline.

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