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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 tayb on 8/1/2012 3:05:06 PM , Rating: 2
We're talking about the nightmare Windows 8 is on the Desktop computer. So, yeah, way to completely NOT get it here.

I don't know how you can continue to claim to have used Windows 8 when you still do not understand that the desktop is still there and is relatively unchanged from Windows 7. This is a fundamental aspect of Windows 8 that anyone who has spent more than 3 seconds using the OS would understand.

RE: Can't wait
By Reclaimer77 on 8/1/2012 4:00:26 PM , Rating: 3
Tayb Windows 8 is a touch screen OS, not a desktop OS. Accept that and let's move on. I know the desktop is still there, that doesn't matter. Windows will continue to Metroize the Windows experience and push more and more for it's use and development until it WILL be the default UI for Windows.

And you know what, have some credibility and stop making me seem like some oddball holdout. Read Anandtech forums, do some Google searches. There's literally MILLIONS of people who have the same opinion I do about Windows 8. Hell a freaking well known Windows analyst, someone who makes a living talking about this stuff, called Windows 8 the "next Windows ME". Hello?

When Windows 8 was made available for testing, what's the FIRST thing the community did? Yup, they found a Registry hack and disabled Metro. Maybe that should clue you in? The biggest change to the Windows ecosystem ever made, and all testers wanted to do was turn it the freak off. That's all you need to know right there about how Metro is being received by desktop pc users.

So you can make it all about me if you want, fine, I can take all comers. But maybe just get a clue.

RE: Can't wait
By kleinma on 8/1/2012 4:09:24 PM , Rating: 1
Everything you just said is not true and sensationalized.

RE: Can't wait
By kleinma on 8/1/2012 4:09:55 PM , Rating: 2
Oh and it is also not backed with any actual facts or references. But why bother with things like facts right reclaimer?

RE: Can't wait
By Reclaimer77 on 8/1/2012 4:18:32 PM , Rating: 2
If that was the case you would have bothered refuting me with some kind of evidence, not just your own bias. I can back everything up that I said, let's see you pretend to do the same.

Respected forum showing massive Windows 8 dislike polling

Half of Windows 8 testers wouldn't recommend it.

And I have way more but the stupid spam filter is being a Nazi. Also the analyst calling it the next ME was in a article right here on DT written by Jason Mick. Not true? How dare you call me a liar!

This isn't some myopic story about me or a friend, these are thousands of people's opinions. Which last time I checked counted for a crapton more than just yours.

RE: Can't wait
By kingmotley on 8/1/2012 4:29:48 PM , Rating: 2
In what universe is respected?

And according to the pcworld article you quoted, less than half liked the metro UI, but there were 17.1% that would HIGHLY recommend it, and almost half that would. Of course if 49.6% of the Windows user base upgraded, most would consider that a highly successful release, especially coming off the heals of the Windows 7 release, which was pretty good in its own right.

RE: Can't wait
By Reclaimer77 on 8/1/2012 4:37:33 PM , Rating: 2
Oh yeah, I'm sure you would be ecstatic to know 17% of a target demographic wanted to buy your product. Come on, are you trolling me now?

And like I said, I had WAY more links. DT won't let you post many. You can Google to your hearts content, the consensus out there right now is that Metro is NOT loved. It's not even liked.

Of course if 49.6% of the Windows user base upgraded, most would consider that a highly successful release

Not really, if you thought about it.

RE: Can't wait
By Belard on 8/1/2012 8:50:06 PM , Rating: 1
Your arguments are valid...

And think about this, the KIND of people who use beta software are techie-types, those who are willing to use the cutting edge. The general population are far worse when it comes to things like this. It'll anger them more-so.

My bet, MS will continue with the metro, force feed it no matter what. Since they are that stupid, I hope Apple desktop market share doubles in 6 months. I hope ChromeOS explodes.

Think about this, if you really don't need Windows Anymore (Metro is the future) why the hell bother with microsoft?

Any computer with a web-browser will work, even a 1992 Amiga will browse the modern web.

RE: Can't wait
By cyberserf on 8/2/2012 7:35:54 AM , Rating: 3
those who like metroOS probably use like 5 apps. they have no clue people actually do work on their PC's and prefer multitasking with an clean deskop

RE: Can't wait
By noirsoft on 8/3/2012 6:06:55 AM , Rating: 2
Windows 8 is both a touchscreen OS and a perfectly usable desktop OS. Just accept that and move on.

RE: Can't wait
By Belard on 8/1/2012 8:41:31 PM , Rating: 1
Metro on the desktop is a dumbshit way of doing things. It didn't solve anything, it didn't improve anything, it didn't make anything better. Its just a change for touch-screen.

Therefore, Metro is pure shit.

It gets old really quick.

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