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: Can't wait
8/1/2012 9:18:53 PM
The Win8x86 tablet will win? Okay, put it against the iPad on a convention floor for 10 hours... see which one is working after 5~6 hours of usage.
RE: Can't wait
8/2/2012 12:14:18 AM
I have a Convertible Netbook Tablet with Windows on it. I get 11 hours of battery life with the screen at 50% brightness and browsing the web.
Significantly more than that 5-6 hour number.
RE: Can't wait
8/2/2012 3:00:11 AM
Really?! They make a 1.35lb netbook that gets 9+ hours on a regular battery pack?
"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
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