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Microsoft mistakenly announced its Windows 8 preview release a day early.

Chuck Chan, corporate VP on the Windows Development team at Microsoft wrote a blog post to introduce the firm’s Windows Hardware and Driver Development Blog. While Chan’s introduction was nothing all that interesting, he included links to the Windows 8 preview release, saying the download was “available today”, yet “today” in this case was 30 May while the post is dated the following day, 31 May.

Microsoft pulled Chan’s blog post but The Next Web managed to grab a screenshot of it along with the links to the Windows 8 preview release, which Microsoft has also deactivated. Chan also pointed users to Windows Driver Kit 8, Visual Studio Professional 2012 and the Windows 8 SDK, all of which are inaccessible at press time.

Chan said, “We designed the Windows 8 platform and tools to help you create high-quality drivers and Metro style device apps using an integrated, modern tool set. Using the Windows Driver Kit and Visual Studio, you can write, build, sign package, deploy, test, and debug your drivers and apps directly from Visual Studio. With the new Windows Hardware Certification Kit, you can ensure the compatibility and reliability of your devices, and provide a great overall user experience.”

Microsoft’s Windows 8 preview release is likely to be the last before users get their hands on the final version of Windows 8, which is expected to appear in advance of the all-important holiday buying season.

While Chan’s blog post is still offline, Microsoft has little choice but to release the Windows 8 preview release at some point today, which is either a day late or as scheduled, depending upon how you want to view it.

via The Inquirer




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