Windows 8 Milestones Info
If you have been observing and following various Microsoft related news, you would already know some of the things we are going to discuss in this topic. Soon after Microsoft released Windows 7, the software giant started working on their dream project Windows 8. The company broke it down and set various tasks in the professional project management style (that we would obviously expect from the world’s largest software maker). The tasks were broken down into steps, which on its completion delivered the major objective. This was the first milestone reached. There were many milestones from conception to completion. We will discuss some of the major Windows 8 milestone events here.
The first milestone, the prototype, which was only available to internal testers in October 2010. This was actually a time of secrecy and quite rightly so, because at such a nascent phase it was not logical and sensible to reveal a lot.
M2: This beta stage of the operating system was not available to the general public.
M3: This was a significant milestone, which happened in July 2011, Windows 8 was having most of the features we know now. Even this was not publicly available.
Developer Preview: This was also known as Pre-beta. This was released on September 2011 as Build 8102.
Consumer Preview: Also known as Real Beta. Now, the was in February 29th 2012 as Build 8250
Enterprise Preview: This was also known as Release Candidate, released in June 2012.
M4: The fourth milestone is the final Release To Manufacturers (RTM) of Windows 8 in August 2012.
General Availability: The General availability or GA was in October 2012.
Windows 8.1 (Blue): The Windows 8 update came in the month October 2013.
Windows 8 Milestones Steps
You might be confused with some of the codes and version names here. Don’t worry. Here are some of explanations of versions and build numbers.
Beta Version: This means, the software maker has made a successful working model. Since, the prototype was having issues or probably it was buggy and was not feature-complete, it was not released to public testing.
Preview Versions: This is a relatively new terminology. Betas are now termed Developer Previews, Consumer Preview and Enterprise Preview.
RC (Enterprise Preview): Release Candidate means the software giant will not be adding any new significant features. This is final, yet not final. Microsoft wants you to get the look and feel of the total product.
So, folks, these were the major Windows 8 milestone events.
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