Windows 8 Hits RTM, Paves Way for October 26 Consumer Launch
August 1, 2012 12:36 PM
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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
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
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
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RE: Time pressure
8/1/2012 6:18:13 PM
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.
“We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.” -- Steve Jobs
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