OK, It’s out! What is out? RTM Windows 8. RTM? Release to Manufacturing. Windows 8, build 9200, is at the manufacturers spot in the production process. And to increase the link to other products, Internet Explorer 10, Windows server 2012, and Visual Studio 2012 are also in RTM mode. It seems that Microsoft is pushing every program under development to come out guns blazing in September and October as anticipated.
Here are the next items in the schedule for release.
- August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 through their MSDN subscriptions.
These include MSDN Operating Systems, Visual Studio Professional with MSDN and five other Visual Studio Professional subsets.
- August 15th: IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through their TechNet subscriptions.
- August 16th: Customers with the existing Microsoft Software Assurance program for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC). This will allow users to test, pilot, and start adopting Windows 8 Enterprise.
- August 16th: Microsoft Partner Network members will have access to Windows 8.
- August 20th: Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS) will receive access to Windows 8.
- September 1st: Volume License customers can purchase Windows 8 through the Microsoft Volume License Resellers. This applies to customers without Software Assurance.
What about the tablet called Surface? What about that? Well the Microsoft Surface team is one of these OEMs and it will be delivering the first of two Surface designs. One is based on the Surface RT based on an ARM processor. The other based is on Windows8. These two will come out at the same time as Windows 8 comes out on October 26.
This is an exciting time for Microsoft. A lot is riding on Windows 8, especially because a lot of software, and hardware now is integrated on how the operating system operates.
Source: Windows Blog