According to a report by Dutch blog WinUnleaked, Microsoft is planning on launching a release candidate of Windows 8 in either late May or early June.
On Saturday, a post by Canouna on the blog claimed that, “We know the Release Candidate of Windows 8 will be shared with the public between the end of May [and] the beginning of June.”
WinUnleaked also noted that the “Release Candidate is still labeled HB1 in the ISO tag, this mean actual builds are only « Post-BETA ».”
No sources were cited; however Canouna posted screenshots from the instillation screen (seen below) that appeared to be legitimate.
Considering that Windows 8 is due in October, a release candidate launch in either late May or early June would fit into the same schedule used by Windows 7. In late Feburary, Steven Sinofsky, President of Microsoft’s Windows division, told ComputerWorld that Windows 8’s development cycle would mimic that of Windows 7.
If Microsoft was completely faithful to that same timetable, it would have a launch event for the new OS on October 25, 2012.
Hardware Canucks projects that a Release Candidate will be launched shortly before, or during, Computex 2012 which is scheduled for June 5 to 9.
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