Of course the Redmond company’s official confirmation comes a tad late especially since there was already a general consensus that the software giant was preparing to broaden the testing program for Windows 8.
The BUILD Windows conference a Windows 8-centric event is less than a month away and Microsoft is expected to share some Windows 8 bits with participants as well as with additional testers worldwide.
Via the new Building Windows 8 blog Sinofsky notes that Microsoft has started an open dialog with those of you who will be trying out the pre-release version over the coming months.
There’s no confirmation of the fact that Windows 8 bits will indeed be shared at BUILD. And at the same time there’s no telling how advanced will the Windows 8 test Build be from a development process point of view.
While some are expecting Microsoft to share Windows 8 Beta at BUILD there’s no guarantee that this will actually happen.
The company might as well offer a Milestone 3 (M3) pre-Beta Build of Windows 8 at BUILD just as it did with Windows 7 at PDC 2008, and only subsequently launch the fully-fledged Beta of the next generation of the Windows client.
Building the next release of Microsoft Windows is an industry-wide effort that Microsoft approaches with a strong sense of responsibility and humility. Windows 8 reimagines Windows for a new generation of computing devices, and will be the very best operating system for hundreds of millions of PCs, new and old, used by well over a billion people globally .