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The Windows 8 Release Preview is a surprisingly big release. The Windows desktop and the new user experience are mostly unchanged. If you're anxious to run Office or another Win32 app, you can do so
But new Metro style apps (like the News app snapped to the side of the screen here) show a glimpse of Windows' real future.
For my full report,, see "Windows 8 Release Preview: Microsoft gets its apps together."
In the Consumer Preview, big blocks of primary colors overwhelmed the default Start screen. In the Release Preview, connecting to a Microsoft (nee Windows Live) account quickly populates those tiles with up-to-date information.
You'll find a slew of cosmetic changes in the Release Preview code, including an expanded selection of colors for the Start screen and this new default Lock screen image.