Microsoft: Pre-Release Windows 8 Launching in "Coming Months"

Paul Lilly

Itching to get your hands on a copy of Windows 8? You won't have to wait much longer, or at least that's the case if you're willing to roll the dice on beta software being stable. Microsoft announced in a blog post yesterday that a pre-release version of Windows 8 is slated to ship real soon, which likely means a beta build is just around the corner.

"We've been hard at work designing and building Windows 8, and today we want to begin an open dialog with those of you who will be trying out the pre-release version over the coming months," Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky stated in a blog post . "We intend to post regularly throughout the development of Windows 8, and to focus on the engineering of the product."

Microsoft's calling the open-communication initiative "Building Windows 8," or "B8" for short. The ultimate goal is "to have a two-way dialog with you about design choices, real-world data and usage, and new opportunities that are part of Windows 8," Sinofsky says.

Sinofsky goes on to state that "Windows 8 reimagines Windows," but promises Microsoft is fully committed to making sure that Windows 8 supports all Windows 7 hardware and software.

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