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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: Can't wait
By WalksTheWalk on 8/2/2012 1:26:23 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, although not as strongly.

Windows 8 is foisting a touch UI onto the desktop. This is a concession Microsoft is making to compete in the tablet space and many users are upset because they are offering no other options. Sure, you can still use all of your desktop apps and software makers will still make desktop apps in the future. BUT, Microsoft is trying to push the Metro interface and their app store into the mainstream where the same window rules don't apply, and even hamstring the desktop experience. As more and more applications move to Metro without a classic desktop version, the limitations and issues of Windows 8 with Metro apps when using a mouse and keyboard become obvious.

I love the idea of a desktop and touch OS in one, but Microsoft could have merged the two much better. For instance, on desktops they could have made Metro apps appear in a window on the desktop where the window can be rotated to simulate a tablet experience. Windows could remember the window orientation so the next time you launch that Metro app it comes up in the orientation. This is just one observation of many.


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