Microsoft to release second Windows 8 preview in June

Microsoft will release a second preview version of Windows 8 in June as the countdown to the launch of the new operating system begins.

Microsoft will release a second preview version of Windows 8 in June as the countdown to the launch of the new operating system begins.

 
The next preview, dubbed the “release preview,” will be much closer to the final version of the software than what developers and consumers have seen so far, giving a more accurate taste of what we can expect towards the end of the year, with many believing Microsoft will target October for launch.
 
Microsoft is diverging from its traditional OS setup by catering for the tablet market with its Metro-style interface option, which looks like an expanded version of Windows Phone 7's tile interface. Apps can be downloaded and will update on the Metro display to give users information at a glance.
 
 Microsoft to release second Windows 8 preview in June
 
The company is not ignoring traditional desktop or laptop users, however, so there are improvements to the traditional desktop interface too, while changes are mostly on the functional side, so as to be intuitive to Windows 7 users.
 
Updates that are expected include a faster boot time, improved task manager, and a major integration with cloud services, including Microsoft's SkyDrive. In June we will see what else Microsoft has up its sleeve to ensure its dominance in the OS market and help give it a large slice of the tablet pie.
 
Source: BBC