Windows 8 is Finished

Written by John Ponio    Thursday, 02 August 2012 18:17

Windows 8 Logo

It's been a long time in the running, but Windows 8 is finally finished and has been moved to RTM (released-to-manufacturing) status. This means that Microsoft has made all changes they'll make before Windows 8 is released, and now it's just a matter of waiting for all OEMs to get on board and ready to ship their systems with Windows 8 already installed. The official release date is October 26, but they have a program going for certain people where they can get their hands on the RTM build.

The program, taken from the announcement blog post, follows:

  • 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.
I've been using the release preview of Windows 8 as my main OS for a while now, and I really don't see why everyone is complaining as much as you hear. Yeah, it's different, but it's not terrible from what I can tell. The official Windows 8 release, for me, is nice not only because I'll have the final version of Windows 8, but because I'm very interested to see how the mainstream adoption of it goes. It's hard to tell if it's just going to flop or if it'll take off. Read the blog post here.