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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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Also very excited!
By jharper12 on 8/1/2012 7:38:42 PM , Rating: 1
I was all on-board to get an ultra book this year with the new Intel Ivy Bridge architecture, and I was on the fence about waiting for Windows 8. Then Microsoft came out with Surface, and I'm considering going with a Pro tablet and keyboard dock instead. I use a 11.6" screen now, so I wouldn't notice much of a difference. Really a tough call honestly. I considered moving to a 13.3 or 14" screen... now I'm not sure. Regardless, woo Windows 8!

RE: Also very excited!
By melgross on 8/2/2012 2:48:37 PM , Rating: 2
If your intention is to use a keyboard with trackpad, why bother with the tablet at all? The Surface will have a 10.6" screen. If you don't need Desktop apps, then get RT, which won't be able to run them.

But if you're going to use the Desktop much, or most of the time, you'll find that the small screen isn't conducive to the tiny menu items you'll find. So you'll be using a keyboard, touchpad AND a stylus at the same time. If you don't want the stylus to use the screen with, why would you want a tablet at all?

RE: Also very excited!
By noirsoft on 8/3/2012 6:09:43 AM , Rating: 2
Under what circumstances would one use a keyboard, touchpad and stylus simultaneously? Under what circumstances would the user have the 3-4 hands necessary to do so?

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