Windows 8 Hits RTM Phase


Microsoft has just announced that the latest iteration of the Windows, Windows 8, has hit the RTM phase. Windows 8 has certainly built the excitement in the PC market and the users have already like the Metro UI of the Winodws 8.

That is, Microsoft is done with testing Windows 8 and that the final code is being shipped to OEMs. Now manufacturers can prepare their new PCs and Laptops based on Windows 8. For end users, Windows 8 will become available from 26th October. They can either choose to upgarde to Windows 8 Pro by just paying $39.99 and if anyone buys Windows 7 PC today, he/she will be eligible for upgrade for just $14.99 (US) through Windows Upgrade Offer.

During the promotion period which runs through 31st January 2013, the DVD version of the Windows 8 will be available for $69.99. That’s not all, developers and  will get to taste the Windows 8 before 26th October. Schedule is as follows,

  • August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions.
  • August 15th: IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through your TechNet subscriptions.
  • August 16th: Customers with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), allowing you to test, pilot and begin adopting Windows 8 Enterprise within your organization.
  • August 16th: Microsoft Partner Network members will have access to Windows 8.
  • August 20th: Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS) receive access to Windows 8.
  • September 1st: Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers.

On August 15th, developers will be able to visit the Windows Dev Center to get access to all the tools and resources they need including the final build of Visual Studio 2012 to design, build, and sell apps in the Windows Store.

And if anyone wants to try Windows 8 before they make their decision, they can download and install Windows 8 Release Preview.

Source: Windows Team Blog


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