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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 91TTZ on 8/1/2012 2:58:13 PM , Rating: 2
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I can't believe they're offering this for $40


That's because they're using Windows 8 as a gateway for desktop users to get hooked on Microsoft's mobile hardware. They're basically giving it away in the hopes that you'll get used to the UI, then want to purchase Surface tablets and Windows phones.

As for using Windows 8 on a desktop, I've tried it and it really is a step down from Windows 7. Windows 7 seemed to be designed for a desktop while Windows 8 really seems like it belongs on a tablet/phone.


RE: Can't wait
By augiem on 8/1/2012 3:43:34 PM , Rating: 2
I have a TON of gripes with Metro, but if they're going to force it on desktop users they could have at least found a way to make it work better with the mouse. Why doesn't a mouse click and drag on the background let you swipe scroll? If they wanted it intuitive they'd have made it function the same with a finger or a mouse. Mouse wheel helps, but its not as intuitive.

It's just such a half a$$ design job.


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