Monday, 13 August 2012

Microsoft Announces Windows 8 has released to Manufacturing

REDMOND, Washington - 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 anMSDN 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 throughTechNet 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 throughMicrosoft 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

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