Microsoft just showcased Windows 8 Release Preview on May 31, 2012. Since everyone’s eyes have already turned to Microsoft’s next Windows operating system. Therefore we have just made a collection of FAQs about Windows 8 that may help you to get started with it.

Q. What is Windows 8?

A. Windows 8 is the next version of Microsoft Windows, intended to design for desktops, laptops, tables and servers. And for the first time, Microsoft aids support for ARM micro-processors.

Q. When will Windows 8 be shipped?

A. Microsoft has not announced a ship date for Windows 8 yet, reportedly it is expected to release in late 2012.

Q. Is there any pre-release version of Windows 8 available?

A. Yes! Recently, Microsoft has released Windows 8 Release Preview. Thought Microsoft already released two Preview versions (i.e. Consumer Preview and Developer Preview) focusing on new Metro style apps, WinRT API and development tools.

Q. What is Windows Release Preview aka Windows 8 Release Preview?

A. Windows Release Preview is a pre-release version or RC Build of Windows 8 for early adopters  that focuses on people and apps. It is built on the rock-solid foundation ofWindows 7 and has the security and reliability features you expect from Windows.

Q. Where can I download Windows 8 Release Preview Preview aka Windows 8 RC?

A. Windows 8 Release Preview is available for everyone. Download Windows 8 Release Preview.

Q. Will Windows 8 be available in both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) versions?

A. Yes! Windows 8 will be available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Besides there will also be an exclusive variant targeting ARM micro-processors.

Q. What are the minimum system requirements to install Windows 8 Release Preview?

A. Windows 8 doesn’t require any more hardware than Windows 7. Check minimum system requirements.

Q. What’s new in Windows 8 Release Preview?

A. Native support for USB 3.0, Ribbon UI in Windows Explorer, Start Screen, Windows App Store, Protogon File System, Windows To Go are few key features of Windows 8. For detailed information about Windows 8 features [Read More]

Q. When will Windows 8 Release Preview be expired?

A. Windows 8 Release Preview is set to expire on January 15, 2013.

Q. Is there any Release Preview of Windows 8 Server?

A. Yes! Windows 8 Server exits and known as Windows Server 2012.

Q. What languages is the preview available in?

A. Windows 8 Release Preview is available in total 14 languages including English, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish,

Q. Where do I download Windows 8 Release Preview and Windows Server 2012 RC?

A. Both client and server variants are available for free and can be downloaded from here.

Q. Where do I download developer tools for Windows 8 Release Preview?

A. Microosft has already released developer tools for Windows 8 and its available for free. It includes Visual Studio 2012 RC Express for Windows 8 and Blend.

Q. How many editions of Windows 8 will be made available?

A. There will be a total of 3 Windows 8 SKUs as follows: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT. [Read More]

You may have found it useful before take a test drive of Windows 8. Stay tuned to know more, we will keep it updated regularly.

If you know about something Windows 8 that’s not in the FAQ then write us. We’d like to add it here.

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