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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: Time pressure
By 91TTZ on 8/1/2012 3:22:48 PM , Rating: 3
Vista was taken from Server 2003 after the Longhorn project failed. It wasn't a really big step. They added some features for content, and wrapped some security functions around it. That was the major change from Sever 2003. Then they went overboard in the UI.

This is completely incorrect. Server 2003 was the server version of Windows XP. It had the underpinnings that Windows XP had. It uses the same drivers and if you look at compatibility you'll see that what works for XP works for 2003. They even use the same service packs. The Longhorn project didn't fail. Longhorn was the codename for Vista.

Server 2008 is the server version of Vista. They're both based on the NT 6.0 kernel.

Server 2008 R2 is the server version of Windows 7. They're both based on the NT 6.1 kernel.

Server 2012 is the server version of Windows 8.

RE: Time pressure
By kleinma on 8/1/2012 4:13:22 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah but you are making the mistake of thinking people posting here with their anti MS garbage actually use things like facts when they make their statements.

They make up whatever they need to in order to attempt to prove their point, which is generally not their point, it is the point someone else made that they read and decided to blindly follow.

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