Microsoft has launched the very Final Release Preview Version of Windows 8 on Friday. The new version delivers some new applications as well such as the Bing Travel app, Gaming, and Music Xbox app, along with a number of tweaks. It is the third version that is being released before the launch of the final commercial version of Windows 8. The purpose of all these pre-releases is to make Windows 8 more compatible, user-friendly and ‘the most tested’ Windows version yet.
Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft’s top Windows executive said in a blog post:
“We will still be changing Windows 8. If the feedback and telemetry on Windows 8 and Windows RT match our expectations, then we will enter the final phases of the RTM process in about 2 months. If we are successful in that, then we are tracking to our shared goal of having PCs with Windows 8 and Windows RT available for the holidays.”
Windows 8 offers enhanced ‘Personalization Options’ for the Start Screen, family safety features, enhanced search and download features in Windows Store and improved Multi-monitor support settings.
Another important feature being introduced in this pre-release is the ‘Do Not Track’ function, which is being turned ON by default in Internet Explorer 10. This feature blocks all tracking cookies that some sites use for advertisement targeting.
One of the most important differences between Windows 8 and earlier versions of Windows is the addition of a touch-friendly Start Menu and a Full-screen app framework named Metro, which makes the use of Windows much easier on touch screen tablets.
Windows 8 (final product) will hit the store shelves this fall.
Windows 8 Final Release Preview requires 1GHz or a faster x86 processor, 1GB RAM and 16GB of free hard disk, and for the 64-bit version, it requires 2GB RAM and 20GB free disk space. It also requires a Direct X9 compatible graphics card. The recommended resolution for a better experience of Windows 8 is 1366 x 768 pixel or higher (for a PC) and for a notebook its 1024 x 600 pixel.