Microsoft’s Windows 8 develop schedule will include one beta and one RC before the RTM and general availability points.
Windows chief Steven Sinofsky revealed the schedule in a keynote address on Tuesday. The schedule is identical to Microsoft’s Windows 7 development plan. Microsoft didn’t hint when the beta would be made available but Sinofsky said the team is focussed on quality rather than dates. Microsoft is generally expected to announce a beta at CES 2012, the same schedule as Windows 7 followed.
One big difference with Windows 8 is that Microsoft plans to push out updates to the Windows 8 developer build. The updates will include standard defender updates but will also feature fixes for quality improvements. The updates will be delivered via Windows Update. Another change in the Windows 8 developer preview build is that the company will not require developers to use a key to activate the preview. Developers can simply visit Microsoft’s download site this evening and download the bits without registration or a key requirement.