Windows 8 Release Preview now available, Adobe Flash included, finished version expected August 2012

Microsoft has made the Release Preview of Windows 8 available to download. So what’s new?

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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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1 comment to Windows 8 Release Preview now available, Adobe Flash included, finished version expected August 2012

  • timh

    Wow. If IE 10 really does default “Do Not Track” on by default and Google & Facebook’s websites honour this then doesn’t a big part of their respective business plans just fly out of the window.

    No wonder Google & Facebook want their own browsers.