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.
The nearly finished Windows 8 software is available for download in 14 languages at Microsoft's website.
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.
We've taken a look at the new features in the Windows 8 preview.