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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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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.

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