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:
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.