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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 kingmotley on 8/1/2012 4:20:48 PM , Rating: 2
Just about everything you said is wrong. Vista wasn't taken from Server 2003. The longhorn project is what became Vista. There was a lot more involved with the Vista changes than just "some features for content" and wrapping some security functions. Like, prioritized I/O, and granular task manager, and completely rewritten display and network stacks. Many didn't like Vista at it's release, but it was an awesome product that got the bad end of some press. Granted there were some issues, but mostly minor ones, and some poor driver support. Once the 3rd party vendors got around to delivering decent drivers, Vista ran very well. More stable than XP and more resiliant/responsive under load.

In comparison, Windows 7 was small tweaks and some minor UI changes.

RE: Time pressure
By melgross on 8/2/2012 2:40:54 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, everything I said is correct.

Microsoft redirected development of Vista to the Server 2003 code base. To say that they continued to use the NAME Longhorn afterwards, as the project wound down prior to the release of Vista, would be correct. But the project that began as Longhorn was essentially abandoned after they finished flinging the major features away.

This is pretty well known, as was discussed on virtually every site. Even Wiki has it in their article. Just read down to the third paragraph:

Another article about this has Microsoft stopping a project based on that Longhorn code base. It also describes that Vista had moved to Server 2003.

I can find a lot more article's if you want me too. They're all over the place.

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