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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 augiem on 8/1/2012 3:11:59 PM , Rating: 2
>> Microsoft account login/Windows Live syncing
>> Xbox Live integration
>> Re-designed and "improved" control panel
>> Charms bar (Yes I have heard of it)
>> Windows Defender built in

These are supposed to be pluses? You and I have very different definitions of "improved". Yuck. I seriously do not like the MS account login.

>> Increased boot speed

This is essentially sleep which Windows Vista/7 already do just fine.

>> Storage spaces

While interesting, I dislike the idea because its yet another layer of abstraction and therefore potential for more problems.

The rest are extremely minor tweaks/improvements. There's nothing in that list that's must have in the least or that will make my daily use any easier or better.


RE: Can't wait
By noirsoft on 8/3/2012 6:15:09 AM , Rating: 2
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These are supposed to be pluses? You and I have very different definitions of "improved". Yuck. I seriously do not like the MS account login.

So don't use it. If you are one of the 300+ million people who have a Microsoft account already, using that as a login and having the ability to sync across computers is a huge plus.

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This is essentially sleep which Windows Vista/7 already do just fine.

Nope. Increased boot speed from a cold boot.

quote:
The rest are extremely minor tweaks/improvements. There's nothing in that list that's must have in the least or that will make my daily use any easier or better.

Your opinion, of course, heavily tempered by the fact that you won't give it a fair trial. Like many people with minds smaller than their mouths, you took one look at Metro and decided that everything about Win8 was bad before you ever tried it, which clearly influences your experience if you have tried it.


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