A report in the Netherlands has stated that the Release Candidate (RC) of Windows 8 might be launched in either late May or early June. A ‘Release Candidate’ is a term used for nearly-ready software that is issued one last time for bug review.
The report also claimed that the RC shall offer a few changes from the current beta version. The rumor is justified since earlier reports have claimed that the next major offering from the Microsoft Windows stable is slated for an October release. Bloomberg had stated last week that computer and tablet manufacturers will be able to offer Windows 8-powered PCs and devices by October 2012.
According to the website WinUnleaked.tk, the Release Candidate of Windows 8 will be shared with the public between the end of May and the beginning of June. However, the report did not cite any sources for these dates.
A late May or an early June release of Windows 8 RC shall also follow the timetable Microsoft had used for Windows 7. Windows 7 entered the public beta phase (corresponding to the Consumer Preview of this year) in early January 2009, entered RTM in early May and completed RTM in late July.
Microsoft Corporation has not yet revealed the on-sale date for Windows 8.