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,. A recent report suggests that the final version of .
Windows 8 will be a big test for Microsoft. It is intended to unify Microsoft's flagship OS on the desktop and tablet, is "," 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 officialslast 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.