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Final test version of Windows 8 out

Microsoft has released the final test version of its next-generation Windows software crafted to power devices ranging from tablets to desktop computers.

‘We're thrilled to be at this milestone with the Windows 8 Release Preview,’ said Windows and Windows Live division president Steven Sinofsky on Friday.

The nearly finished Windows 8 software was available for download in 14 languages at Availability of Windows 8 Release Preview marks the final phase of development before the operating system becomes available to makers of computers and other devices.

A ‘consumer preview’ version of Windows 8 was downloaded more than a million times in the 24 hours after its release in February, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 series - featuring an upgraded cloud computing service - marks a ‘rebirth’ of its operating system, chief executive Steve Ballmer said last week at a gathering in South Korea.

Ballmer described Windows 8 as the ‘deepest, broadest and most impactful’ Windows software ever created by the Redmond, Washington-based tech giant, after the current Windows 7 sold at unprecedented rates to businesses.

‘It's really, in some senses, a dawning of the rebirth of MS Windows... It's certainly the most important piece of work we've done,’ he said.

Windows 8 allows users readily to store and share personal data among various devices under the ‘SkyDrive’ cloud computing service. The new Microsoft system will support a wider range of devices, including touch- and stylus-based smartphones and tablet PCs as well as desktop and laptop machines, Ballmer said.
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