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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: -crickets-
By melgross on 8/1/2012 3:05:44 PM , Rating: 2
That's true. IF it's a consumer success. It may be, and it may not be. This is a very big change. How many people here really believe that sales people at Best Buy and other retailers will understand this, even after some training? I don't have much hope of that. They are almost useless now.

And think of the confusion between RT and Pro x86 tablets. They will look the same on the screen, and the hardware will be pretty much the same except for a bit more thickness and weight. The difference will be in the price as far as most people will be able to see. What happens when they buy the cheaper RT model, and find it's not actually Windows (Desktop), and so their software won't work on it? The same thing that happened with the first Asus netbooks, when people bought them because they were cheaper, and found they weren't Windows, and so wouldn't run Windows apps. They brought them back.

RE: -crickets-
By augiem on 8/1/2012 6:05:16 PM , Rating: 2
Sadly, it WILL be a consumer success simply because of the fact that it will be bundled with nearly all new PCs sold. Regardless of whether the Surface or any other Win8 tablets are successful, the OS will sell like hotcakes, just like nearly every other Microsoft OS, because of desktop/notebook sales. Even if the likes of Dell, etc give you the option of 7/8, if you don't know any better, you're gonna think ... "8 is better than 7, right? I guess I'll take 8."

RE: -crickets-
By melgross on 8/2/2012 3:19:18 AM , Rating: 2
I judge success as to whether people are buying it because they want it, not because they feel they have no choice.

RE: -crickets-
By augiem on 8/2/2012 3:10:23 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately no industry measures success like that. Reality TV? People watch it because that's all that's on. The result? More reality TV is produced. At one point, it was probably successful because people wanted to watch it.

There's no way you can really judge any product like that. How do we know the majority of people bought 95/XP/Vista/7 because they wanted it and not because it was their only choice? With the OS, you have issues like needing to use the newest software and maintaining backward compatibility. In that sense, a long-time Windows user has little choice but to stay with MS and a Mac user to Apple.

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