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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 3:43:42 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft has announced that they will begin depreciating the Desktop, and that Metro is the future for Windows. That's certainly a major change for them, as it obsoletes everything from before. You're forced into dealing with Metro no matter how much you want to remain with the Desktop. It is what it is, like it or not.

Or it'll backfire on them and they'll drive their desktop-loving customers to Apple.

That would be pretty ironic since the entire idea of this big mobile-centric Metro push was to gain inroads into the mobile space. Their plan is to achieve a common look with their mobile offerings so that their loyal desktop users would buy Windows Phones and Surface tablets instead of iPhones and iPads. Right now Apple is absolutely dominating Microsoft in the mobile space, and it looks like Microsoft is going to abandon the desktop market in an ill-fated attempt to gain mobile users.


What Microsoft wants: Get their loyal desktop users(98% of the desktop market) to adopt the Metro look so they'll eventually come around and buy Microsoft mobile products that also use the Metro UI.

What Microsoft might get: Disenfranchise their loyal Windows desktop users (98% of the market) in an attempt to get users to buy Microsoft mobile products that also use the Metro UI. Those users buy Apple desktops which remind them of the iOS devices they probably already have.

RE: Time pressure
By augiem on 8/1/2012 6:18:13 PM , Rating: 2
MS and Apple are both moving toward the iOS model for desktop and mobile space. Every version of OSX gets more and more iOS-like. Win 8 is just a leap instead of a baby step toward that goal. Ultimately, a single unified platform running content and programs entirely from the cloud is likely the goal for both companies. Google will be the third as soon as they decide to make Android for x86.

The OS's keeps getting cheaper year by year as these companies prepare for the future that you no longer sell people an OS but rather make your money from sales of digital goods and providing cloud services for them to do all their "stuff" at home, work, or on the go.

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