Today, Microsoft has made the Release Preview available for Windows 8.
This is great news, since the Release Preview is Sinofsky-speak for Release Candidate (RC). Typically, in Microsoft development this is the last pre-release version of the product before it hits Release to Manufacturers (RTM). Then, the bits are ‘done’ and find their way to volume license customers, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and after General Availability (GA) to you.
The Release Preview of Windows 8 is available in 32bit and 64bit (x86-64) through the links below:
Download Windows 8 Release Preview x86
ISO-file English 2,5 GB
Download Windows 8 Release Preview x64
ISO-file English 3,3 GB
* Other languages and formats are available on the download page.
Product Key: TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF
As you might expect, there’s no download for the ARM-based Windows RT flavor of Windows 8. All indications are this version will not be released in the same time schedule of the above versions.
The build number of the Windows 8 Release Preview is 8400.