Ahead of Schedule." That's not a phrase you hear often when referring to an operating system launch. Windows 8 Release Preview bucks that trend by a smidge: Microsoft's Stephen Sinofsky originally announced a date of "early June." But there may have been a trade-off. Normally, a "release candidate" would be just that—the company's first take on the final product, which, if all went well, would become the final product itself. Microsoft's "Release Preview" is not a "release candidate," because it lacks several feature updates that the company has already announced. But there's certainly progress to report on.
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