Windows 8 Reaches RTM Milestone, Early Access for Developers

Posted August 1, 2012 at 6:54pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 7045 views

Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 has reached its release to manufacturing milestone.

Today, I am excited to announce that Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM)! This means we've completed the product development and testing of the product and have started handing off the final code to our OEM partners. They can now begin preparing new Windows 8 PCs and devices they'll introduce starting with General Availability.

Everyone will be able to purchase Windows 8 starting on October 26th either by upgrading for $39.99 or on a new PC or device. If you buy an eligible Windows 7 PC today, you will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 (U.S.) through the Windows Upgrade Offer.

There is also early access to the Windows 8 RTM build for some programs:
● 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.

You can learn more about Windows 8 here.

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MSFanboys - August 2, 2012 at 3:18am
YES... THIS IS IT!! The long wait is over... Are you ready to kill OSX with this beauty design OS that ever made by human??? so grab it NOW!!!
Someone - August 2, 2012 at 5:31am
Keep waiting..! Good luck
Joe - August 2, 2012 at 12:40am
Ever since I installed sox on my dell xps I haven't booted into windows 1 time. That was 16 months ago. I haven't had a single coach, blue screen or virus on osx. I have to agree with the other guy. Stay away from anything Microsoft. They couldn't design anything bug free to save their life.
Joe - August 2, 2012 at 12:40am
Damn autocorrect. Osx not sox.
McOlaf - August 1, 2012 at 9:50pm
Fuck Windows 8... looks crap, works crap.... whoever buys this must be out of his/her mind.... Either stick with whatever you have, or buy a Mac (the last one would be the best upgrade you'll ever do)
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