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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: Can't wait
By melgross on 8/1/2012 2:47:07 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, before you use it, you just can't wait. There is a very good reason why XP, Vista and Win 7 tablets failed so spectacularly. The Desktop and apps just are barely usable on a tablet. And the smaller the tablet, the less usable they are. It took ten years, and the succes of the iPad for Microsoft to understand that.

Before, the apps that worked were written specially for the tablet. They mostly consisted in warehouse listings apps that used taps into squares as we used to have on the computerized tests in school, and perhaps a signature and maybe a sentence or two written in.

If Microsoft, or users think that you're going to want to use a keyboard and trackpad most of the time, then buy a notebook instead. I wonder just how well those covers will work, as Microsoft made such a big deal of them during the intro, but then refused to allow anyone to try them after saying how well they worked.

RE: Can't wait
By kleinma on 8/1/2012 3:10:39 PM , Rating: 2
They were prototypes. Did Steve Jobs get up on stage and show the first iPhone and then toss it out in the crowd for people to play with? All they need are idiot reporters talking about how something didn't work for it to turn into some stupid PR issue of how "bad" it is because an early prototype had some issue that was probably a known issue and slated for fixing prior to release.

I wouldn't let anyone touch it either.

RE: Can't wait
By Belard on 8/1/2012 9:02:53 PM , Rating: 2
Prototypes? WTF are you talking about? XP, Vista and Win7 tablets devices have been on the market since 2002. They were NOT prototypes. They are/were consumer products.

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