Microsoft has made the Release Preview of Windows 8 available to download. So what’s new?
The press release:
- Confirms that a “touch-friendly and power-optimized Adobe Flash Player” is integrated into Internet Explorer 10
- Announces new Family Safety features
- States that IE10 is “Do not track” by default
- Announces new apps and improvements to existing ones
All of which will come as a disappointment to those hoping for any sort of change of direction following a mixed-to-negative reception for the Consumer Preview.
Windows chief Steven Sinofsky says:
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.
My guess that feedback along the lines of “Bring back the Start menu” will not count as an obstacle.
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