Jeffrey Snover of Microsoft has confirmed yesterday’s news (which was heavily retweeted) that Windows 8 Release Preview and Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate will be released to the public in the first week of June 2012.
I’ve been saying for a while that the Windows 8 schedule looks very like the one for Windows 7. It’s a little different (one month behind) but not that different. My gut is saying it’s an August RTM (on MSVL, MSDN, and TechNet soon after) and an October launch/GA (LAR/distributor pricelist for new volume license purchases, OEM machines, on the shelves).
It won’t be long after that when we have SP1 for System Center with support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.