Windows 8 towards Release Candidate

After the release of Consumer Preview of Windows 8 last month in Barcelona, Spain, the Windows Team is currently hard at work for the next milestone of Windows 8, the more stable Release Candidate build, which was rumored to be release sometime between the end of May or early June of this year. To date, the latest known build was 8307.0.winmain.120322-1820 that still carries the HB1 tag in the ISO which means that the build was still in the Post-Beta milestone. For now, Windows Consumer Preview can be upgraded to the latest build (personal files, apps and settings can be saved) but crashes when the actual app was opened in the Start Screen. The latest builds has some improvements in the UI that can be noticed in the charm bar, language menu, Desktop IE 10 and the recently reported 25 set color picker. There were also improvement in the Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) and Out of the Box Experience (OOBE). The screenshots below are from Winunleaked.tk

Windows Setup

Product key input screen

End User License Agreement placeholder

Microsoft uses the Developer Preview bootscreen in Post Beta builds

More colors to choose from in the Personalization Screen

Loading screen (notice the Windows Phone like bar which replaces the round loading indicator in the earlier builds)

Settings Screen (all items were disabled by default)

Start Screen (the core Windows apps names were replaced e.g Video: Microsoft.Zune.Video, Messaging: Microsoft.WindowsLive.Chat, etc.)