Windows 8 hits its next milestone — Release Preview is out now

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IDG News Service (Miami Bureau) 

MIAMI – Microsoft has released the latest test version of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system, which is now officially in what the company calls its “final phase” of development. This new preliminary version, called Release Preview, can be downloaded at http://preview.windows.com and its interface is available in 14 languages, Microsoft said on Thursday.

Microsoft also announced that starting on June 2, it will offer a Windows Upgrade program in 131 markets so that consumers who buy participating Windows 7 PCs through Jan. 13 of next year will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of US$14.99 during the promotion period. Microsoft will later announce details of a similar program aimed at consumers who have already bought Windows 7 PCs.

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