Windows 8 Hits RTM, Paves Way for October 26 Consumer Launch
August 1, 2012 12:36 PM
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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
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
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
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8/1/2012 2:05:44 PM
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.
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