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 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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