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Windows 7: Windows 8 has reached the RTM milestone

01 Aug 2012   #1

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
Windows 8 has reached the RTM milestone

Today, I am excited to announce that Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM)! This means we’ve completed the product development and testing of the product and have started handing off the final code to our OEM partners. They can now begin preparing new Windows 8 PCs and devices they’ll introduce starting with General Availability. For more on RTM, I suggest reading this blog post from Steven Sinofsky on the Building Windows 8 blog.

So when will folks be able to get their hands on the new Windows 8 RTM code?

People will be able get Windows 8 starting on October 26th either by upgrading for $39.99 or on a new PC or device. And if you buy an eligible Windows 7 PC today, you will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 (U.S.) through the Windows Upgrade Offer.

However, we have a number of programs that provides various audiences early access to the Windows 8 RTM code to help prepare for Windows 8 as it enters the marketplace this fall:

  • August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions.
  • August 15th: IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through your TechNet subscriptions.
  • 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.
Please note: if a program you are in is not mentioned, please be patient as dates for Windows 8 RTM code availability for other programs will be communicated when the information becomes available.

For more information on what the RTM of Windows 8 means for businesses including Volume License customers, see this blog post from Erwin Visser on the Windows for your Business Blog. This post, also from Erwin, on how Windows 8 will work in your business is also a good post to read.

On August 15th, developers will be able to visit the Windows Dev Center to get access to all the tools and resources they need including the final build of Visual Studio 2012 to design, build, and sell apps in the Windows Store. Keep your eyes on the Windows Store for developers blog and Windows 8 app developer blog for more information. I am super excited to see the kinds of apps developers build for Windows 8! If you have the Windows 8 Release Preview installed, you can already check out some apps developers have created for Windows 8 today.

In the meantime, if you’d like to give a pre-release version of Windows 8 a test-run, feel free to download the Windows 8 Release Preview! You can also read about my personal experience with the Windows 8 Release Preview here (hint: I put it on all my PCs!).


My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

Good to hear, have been waiting for RTM, have system waiting for it
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7/64 HPremium.

Not my cup of tea, won't buy it, won't use it. 7 will do for me.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

01 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7

Will wait for Windows 9.

Tried Windows 8 and hated it
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Aug 2012   #5

windows 7 home prem 64 bit

What's windows 8
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Aug 2012   #6

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andyparks View Post
What's windows 8

Windows 8 Release Preview - Download
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Aug 2012   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64

Good news, been waiting for the RTM.
Too bad the Aug 1st TechNet release rumors turned out to be just that, rumors.

I've been running the Release Preview as primary since it was released, no issues.
I will be installing the RTM.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Windows 8 has reached the RTM milestone

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