After the successful launch of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Microsoft has just released the Windows 8 Release Preview (aka Windows 8 RC) with a number of small UI changes and performance improvements. It could be the last public preview version of the next major release of Windows operating system.
The Windows 8 Release Preview can be downloaded from Microsoft servers now or can be upgraded from Windows 7 by keeping programs, Windows settings and user accounts. Consumer Preview users can also upgrade to Release Preview, however will lost Windows settings and installed apps.
Below are few new features of Windows 8 Release Preview
- Windows 8 Release Preview offers more personalization options for the Start screen (including more colors!).
- Metro IE 10 has integrated Adobe Flash Player and Do Not Track privacy feature “on” by default.
- Improved multi-monitor support and have new cursors, boot screen and wallpapers.
- The Aero feature has been discarded from Windows 8 to save battery and memory consumption.
- New Family Safety features to keep your child safe online
- Media Player does not have support for DVDs, however, Windows Media Center (not included in Windows 8, however upgrade) supports playback of DVDs.
- Microsoft blocking all hacks to restore Classic Start Menu in Release Preview to prevent third-party developers from releasing modifications and hacks in an attempt to re-enable the Start button and Start Menu in future builds.