"A near-final “release preview” version of Windows 8 is due in the first week of June, Microsoft confirmed late Monday.Near-Final Version of Windows 8 Due in Early June - Ina Fried - News - AllThingsD
Windows unit President Steven Sinofsky made the announcement at a Windows Developer Days event in Japan.
The release preview follows two earlier test releases, including a “consumer preview” version issued in February.
Although Microsoft hasn’t confirmed a release date for the final version of Windows 8, it is widely expected to be released in time to arrive on PCs this fall."
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Near-Final Version of Windows 8 Due in Early June - Ina Fried - News - AllThingsD
Expect relentless (feature/function and price) competition in the PC and tablet markets this fall