May 31, 2012
Windows 8 Release Preview and Visual Studio 2012 RC
On the off chance that you've not heard already, I wanted to share the great news that the Windows 8 Release Preview and Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate are both now available for download.
UPDATE: I noticed that the link above only gets you to the Visual Studio 2012 Express RC install. If you want to try a different version, head on over to the Visual Studio product site downloads page, and you can get the edition of your choice there. You can also read up on the "go live" license, and what's supported under it.
Windows 8 Release Preview
Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate
While you're waiting for the bits to arrive over the 'tubes, check out some of the following great posts about these releases:
Delivering the Windows 8 Release Preview
Visual Studio 2012 RC Available Now
Visual Studio Dark Theme
Announcing the Release Candidate (RC) of Visual Studio 2012 and .NET Framework 4.5
Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 Release Candidates available now!
New - Whitepaper: Migrating your Windows 8 Consumer Preview app to Windows 8 Release Preview
UPDATE - two more links:
What's changed for app developers since the Consumer Preview
Windows Release Preview: The Sixth IE10 Platform Preview