Windows 8 RTM – development code completed and is available to OEMs
Manufacturers and OEMs can now avail the final coded Windows 8 for product development, readying them “for October general availability“. For end-consumers a worldwide release of Windows 8 is set to be on 26 October. Indian consumers with original versions of Windows 7 (Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate) could avail Windows 8 Pro for Rs. 699.
Final Windows 8 will be available for developers on 15 August via MSDN subscription. On the same day, the OS will be available to IT professionals via TechNet subscription. Windows 8 Enterprise edition is going to be accessible through Volume License Service Center on 16 August. The software will be available for Microsoft Partner Network members from 16 August. Hit the press release for more info.
Microsoft Announces Windows 8 has released to Manufacturing
Milestone signals completed product development and testing, hand-off to hardware partners readying for October general availability
REDMOND, Wash. — 1 August, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. today announced Windows 8 has reached Release to Manufacturing (RTM), the latest milestone in the launch of the highly anticipated Windows 8 operating system. With this milestone, industry partners are readying products in time for the Windows 8 worldwide launch on 26 October, 2012. Windows 8 offers a fast and fluid, reimagined experience and the RTM milestone marks the completion of code development that has been driven by customer and developer feedback since preview versions became available starting last September.
Select audiences, including developers, IT professionals and partners will have early access to final RTM code beginning later this month. Highlights include:
- August 15th: Developers building new apps for Windows 8 will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via an MSDN subscription, and can visit the Windows Dev Center to get access to the final build of Visual Studio 2012.
- August 15th: IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through aTechNet subscription
- August 16th: Customers with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), allowing you to test, pilot and begin adopting Windows 8 Enterprise within your organization.
- August 16th: Microsoft Partner Network members will have access to Windows 8.
- August 20th: Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS) receive access to Windows 8.
- September 1st: Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers.
Developers can visit the Windows Dev Center to get access to all the tools and resources they need to design, build, and sell apps in the Windows Store. While all apps during the preview phases were free, at RTM developers can begin charging for apps, so those with access to RTM bits will begin to see paid apps appear in the Windows Store.
Windows 8 will be generally available to customers on 26 October. In addition, the Windows Upgrade Offer is available for consumers purchasing a new Windows 7 PC that are preinstalled with original versions of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate, that include a matching and valid OEM Certificate of Authenticity (COA). With the Windows Upgrade Offer, Indian consumers can get a downloadable upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of just Rs. 699/-. For those wanting to try a pre-release version of Windows 8 before general availability, the Windows 8 Release Preview is available to download at http://preview.windows.com.