Windows 8 OS
Windows 8 is Microsoft’s next generation operating system. Sources privy to Microsoft indicate that the software developing team of Microsoft started working on the new operating system immediately after the release of Windows 7. Certainly, the fate of Windows 8 has badly impacted the tech giant which spent years to improve Windows 8 features. Here are the Windows 8 milestones, analysing which, you will get a clear picture about the different stages of development of Windows 8 operating system.
Windows 8 Milestone 1 (MI)
Microsoft released Windows 8 to the public in October 2012. But the Windows 8 Milestone 1 was released in October 2010, exactly two years prior to the final release date. M1 or Milestone One was pretty secret. In fact, the general public got the idea about this milestone when Microsoft released the preview along with details of the various Windows 8 milestones.
M2 Beta 1
A few months after the release of Milestone 1, Microsoft released M2 Beta 1. Like M1, the particular Milestone was also restricted to confidential users and testers. If M1 was released to internal testers, M2 Beta 1 was released to a few external testers. However, they were strictly directed not to divulge any details of the version to the public or any media. M2 Beta 1 also sports a speciality as the first Microsoft beta state version to be restricted from the notice of public.
M3 (Milestone 3)
Another remarkable milestone to be marked in Microsoft’s chronicles of Windows 8 development is M3 or Milestone 3. M3 was released in two different versions- builds 7955 and Build7959. Unlike the previous milestones, M3 sported most features that you would see in the final Window 8 features.
Windows 8 Pre-beta (Build 8102) Developer Preview
The pre-beta version or developer preview of Windows 8 was released in September 2011, about one year prior to the release of Windows 8 final version. The particular version aimed at encouraging experts to rate the operating system.
Windows 8 Support
Windows 8 beta version (M4)
The beta version of Windows 8 was released in August 2012, two months before the final release date. The beta version was made available to the public. The public were asked to rate the beta version.
Windows 8 Final version
The final version of Windows 8 was released in the month of October 2012. Although Microsoft had promised that it would reverse the less impressive features found in the beta version when the final version is released, it didn’t include any remarkable changes.
We have to wait and see what Microsoft will offer next in its operating system series that may help recover the name it lost with the release of Windows 8.
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