The technology giant accidentally revealed the news a day early on a new Windows Hardware and Driver Developer Blog. The post by corporate vice president of the Windows Development Team, Chuck Chan, was quickly removed, according to ZDnet. See also: Windows 8: the complete guide.
"We’re very excited to make available today the Windows 8 Release Preview on the Windows Dev Center." it said. "Chuck Chan, May 31 2012"
If the Release Preview does tip up today it would be days ahead of the 'first week of June' which Microsoft announced in April.
The blog post also revealed how to get a copy of the Windows 8 Release Preview with links to the relevant files. However, the links were broken.
"To get started, download and install Windows 8 Release Preview, the Windows Driver Kit 8 and Visual Studio Professional 2012," the post said.
"The Windows 8 SDK is also included with Visual Studio. As you begin using Windows 8, you’ll notice that we’ve added new features and improved existing ones. In addition to providing a modern tool set, we’ve also been hard at work improving power management and refining the way you provide a great user experience for devices with Metro style device apps. We’ll share more details in future posts."