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Windows 8 hits a milestone

Microsoft announced today that Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM). If you've been keeping up with the development of Windows 8, you already know that the official consumer release date for Microsoft's next generation operating system is October 26.
MSDN/TechNet members will get their first crack at Windows 8 on August 15. Members of Microsoft's Software Assurance program will have access one day later. Microsoft Action Pack Providers will be eligible on August 20 and Volume License customers can purchase the operating system on September 1.
As previously reported, customers can upgrade to Windows 8 via download for only $39.99 or $69.99 via a disc. For those that simply can't wait until October 26 to purchase a new computer, Microsoft is offering customers the chance to upgrade to Windows 8 for $14.99 via the Windows Upgrade Offer program.

Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky had this to say about the development of Windows 8:
Back when we first demonstrated Windows 8 in May 2011, we described it as “reimagining Windows, from the chipset to the experience,” and that is what Windows 8 (and Windows RT) represents for both Microsoft and partners. The collective work: from the silicon, to the user experience, to new apps, has been an incredibly collaborative effort. Together we are bringing to customers a new PC experience that readies Windows PCs for a new world of scenarios and experiences, while also preserving an industry-wide 25-year investment in Windows software.
And for those wondering, the final build number for Windows 8 RTM is 9200.16384.win8_rtm.120725-1247

Sources: Microsoft [1], [2]

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RE: -crickets-
By JasonMick on 8/1/2012 1:46:06 PM , Rating: 5
This again?

"Chicago Sun-Times : Want Windows 95? Skip the 1st Version?"
Author: Don Crabb
Date: July 9, 1995

"Windows 98 was not Worth the Wait"
Aug. 1998: Chicago Tribune: Jimmy Gutterman

"Yawns greet Windows XP debut"
Cape Cod Online - Nov. 2001

"Windows XP: Readers: It's not worth the trouble"
CNET - 2001

...nay sayers have been predicting Microsoft's demise for almost two decades now. And what has happened?

Windows 8 looks great. While it may not at first seem a natural fit for businesses, its brilliant in the mobile space, introducing an ultra-intuitive user interface for mobile devices.

The Surface has received rave reviews from almost everyone who has used it.

Of course for someone who spends most of his time brown-nosing for Apple, it does not surprise me that you would find Microsoft's innovation unappealing.

RE: -crickets-
By kleinma on 8/1/2012 2:05:44 PM , Rating: 2
The reason it doesn't make sense for business (yet) is because people have only seen it in a consumer facing product with consumer based live tiles.

I can imagine an enterprise deployment with a tighly controlled start screen making it super easy for users to access just the corporate programs they are supposed to.

It would be nice if MS mocked up what a potential start screen would look like for corp use.

One thing is for sure, MS employs a whole lot of people, and they are an enterprise company, and they will be using Windows 8 on everything, and a good chunk of the company has already been using it for some time.

RE: -crickets-
By melgross on 8/1/2012 2:22:29 PM , Rating: 2
Rave reviews? First of all, until this is released, it won't get a real review. Then you need some actual, useful, finished third party software to evaluate with it. Even Microsoft's own software isn't finished yet. At best, I would call what I've read, a hands on evaluation of a prototype.

I've had a chance to play with the Samsung 11.6" tablet for a short (about 20 minutes) while. I found Metro on the tablet far better than on my tower, where, so far, at least, it can be a horror. But, using the Desktop on the tablet was dreadful. I've seen just a few articles questioning this, where all the others seem to want to skip over this part. But, think about it for a moment. The convertable's that were being sold as tablets failed for at least two reasons. One was that they were much too big and heavy. I could never understand why someone would by one that weighed between 3.5 and 7 pounds, which is what they were weighing.

But the biggest problem was that even on the 15" screens the biggest had, the OS and it's apps we're very difficult to use. I remember hovering over a tiny menu item with the stylus before I tapped it so that it didn't hit the wrong thing. It still hit the wrong thing too often. Sweating while trying to save a document isn't pleasant.

These new tablets have screens between 10.6" for the Surface, to 11.6" for the Samsung. That's much smaller. I found tapping something on the Samsung screen to be frustrating. Touch is out of the question most of the time. Microsoft is trying to force this for Office. I can't even imagine using Excell on this as a Desktop app.

RE: -crickets-
By DiscoWade on 8/1/2012 3:09:57 PM , Rating: 2
Windows 8 looks great.

I was agreeing with you until you said that.

RE: -crickets-
By Belard on 8/1/2012 9:08:42 PM , Rating: 1
Windows 8 looks great. While it may not at first seem a natural fit for businesses, its brilliant in the mobile space, introducing an ultra-intuitive user interface for mobile devices.

Since when has my 26lb desktop and 10lb 24" LCD become a mobile device?

The interface is NOT intuitive, its frustrating to use and design by brain-dead monkeys.

And its butt-ugly too.

RE: -crickets-
By Ammohunt on 8/1/2012 9:12:37 PM , Rating: 2
Funny you didn't post the same about vista or ME....when the nay sayers were right.

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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