[MSDN and TechNet Update] Microsoft Releases Windows 8.1 Update
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UPDATE 21: Windows 8.1 Update 1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Update 1 Released
Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 Update 1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Update 1 for TechNet and MSDN subscribers.
If you are a TechNet or MSDN subscriber, log into your account and download your free copy now.
Windows 8.1 Update 1 will be released to public on April 8th.
UPDATE 20: Windows 8.1 RTM and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM Released
When Microsoft announced about availability of Windows 8.1 RTM (final version), the company said that it'll release the RTM build to public and MSDN/TechNet subscribers on same day i.e. October 18th, 2013.
That came as a surprise to all because MSDN and TechNet subscribers always used to get all these RTM builds earlier than public release. Lots of people including MSDN and TechNet subscribers started criticizing this decision and finally Microsoft has changed the decision.
Today Microsoft has announced that Windows 8.1 RTM and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM builds have been released to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. So if you are a subscriber, you can download the builds using following links:
Windows 8.1 RTM ISO file is available in form of a "Multiple Edition" which contains both Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro editions.
Both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) editions of Windows 8.1 RTM are available for download.
Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM build will be released to MSDN and TechNet subscribers later this month.
If you are not an MSDN or TechNet subscriber, you can download the Free Preview version of Windows 8.1 from following links:
UPDATE 19: Microsoft Office 2013 RTM Available for Download
Recently we told you that Microsoft has released Office 2013 to manufacturing i.e. Office 2013 is RTM now. In other words, Office 2013 development is complete now and its final version is ready to release.
Microsoft announced in an official post that Office 2013 RTM version will be released to TechNet and MSDN subscribers in middle of November but it seems its available a little bit early.
Microsoft has released Office 2013 Professional Plus RTM to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. If you are a TechNet or MSDN subscriber, you can log into your account and download it.
Both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) versions are available for download. File size of 32-bit version is 667 MB and 64-bit version is 769 MB.
NOTE: Microsoft has included 2 new color schemes (themes) in Office 2013 RTM which are Light gray and Dark gray. So now you have 3 different themes to choose: White, Light gray and Dark gray. People who were complaining about so much White color in Office 2013 UI will definitely love the new themes. Interested people can read this guide to learn more about these new themes.
Along with Office 2013 RTM, Office Web Apps 2013, Visio 2013 and Project 2013 RTM versions are also available for download.
UPDATE 18: Windows 8 RTM Available for Download
Finally the day has come when Windows 8 RTM (final version) has been released officially by Microsoft. Although its not available for public. Currently only MSDN and TechNet subscribers can download it as we told you earlier.
If you are TechNet or MSDN subscriber, you can download your copy of Windows 8 RTM using following download links:
Both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) versions are available for download. 32-bit version size is 2.45GB and 64-bit version size is 3.3GB.
Windows 8 will be available for all on October 26th, 2012.
UPDATE 17: Windows 8 Release Preview Available
Microsoft has released Windows 8 Release Preview (RC build) to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Both 32-bit and 64-bit editions are available. File size of 32-bit version if 2494 MB and file size of 64-bit version is 3353 MB.
SHA1 for 32-bit: 8BED436F0959E7120A44BF7C29FF0AA962BDEFC9
SHA1 for 64-bit: D76AD96773615E8C504F63564AF749469CFCCD57
If you are a TechNet or MSDN subscriber, log into your account and start downloading the build.
UPDATE 16: Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) 4.0 Public Beta Available
Microsoft's free antivirus and antispyware product "Microsoft Security Essentials" (MSE) 4.0 public beta version has been released and available for download.
This Beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials includes the following new features:
- Enhanced protection through automatic malware remediation: It'll clean highly impacting malware infections automatically, with no required user interaction.
- Enhanced performance: It includes many performance improvements to make sure your PC performance isn't compromised.
- Simplified UI: Simplified UI makes Microsoft Security Essentials Beta easier to use.
- New and improved protection engine: The updated engine offers enhanced detection with cleanup capabilities and better performance.
This 4.0 beta version can be installed in Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1 or SP2 and Windows 7 SP1.
Windows 8 Developer Preview users can install it using compatibility mode.
UPDATE 15: Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 SP1 RTM Available
We told you earlier that Windows 7 SP1 has been RTMed i.e. the final version of SP1 has been developed. Now Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 SP1 RTM is available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers.
Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available to download in a single file. File size is 1,953 MB.
Slipstreamed ISOs are also available.
Windows 7 with SP1 (32-bit) iso size is 2,444 MB and Windows 7 with SP1 (64-bit) iso size is 3,166 MB.
If you are a MSDN or TechNet subscriber, you can download it by logging into your account.
If you are not a subscriber, no need to worry. Microsoft will release the same to public on 22nd February.
UPDATE 14: Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 SP1 RTMed
Microsoft has finally made an official announcement that Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) has been RTMed.
It'll become available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers on February 16th, 2011.
The same will become available to public on February 22nd, 2011. It'll be available for download via Microsoft download center and Windows Update.
PS: The build number is 7601.17514.101119-1850.
UPDATE 13: Office 2010 RTM Available
We told you earlier that Microsoft Office 2010 has been RTMed i.e. Office 2010 final version has been developed.
Now its available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Microsoft has released Office 2010 RTM version to MSDN and TechNet subscribers.
Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available for download.
UPDATE 12: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 RTM Available
Microsoft has announced the availability of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 RTM versions for MSDN subscribers.
UPDATE 11: Windows XP Mode RTM Available
Recently Microsoft announced that RTM version of "Windows XP Mode" for Windows 7 will be available on October 22 for public download.
If you are a MSDN or TechNet subscriber, you can log into your account and can download "Windows XP Mode" RTM from "Applications -> Windows Virtual PC" section.
Both 32 and 64-bit versions are available.
UPDATE 10: Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM Available
Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM (Released To Manufacturing) is now available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers.
If you are a TechNet or MSDN subscriber, log into your account and start downloading.
Windows Server 2008 R2 is only available in 64-bit and IA64 (Itanium-based) versions. Currently English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese-Simplified and Korean languages are available, other languages will be available on August 21st.
If you are not a subscriber, you'll need to wait for some time. Microsoft will release it to market on October 22nd. Or you can download a 180-day trial version using following link:
UPDATE 9: Windows 7 RTM Available
Windows 7 RTM (Released To Manufacturing) is now available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers as announced earlier by Microsoft.
If you are a TechNet or MSDN subscriber, log into your account and start downloading Windows 7 RTM.
If you are not a subscriber, you'll need to wait for some time. Microsoft will release Windows 7 RTM to market on October 22nd.
UPDATE 8: Windows 7 RTM Release Date Announced
Finally Microsoft has announced the release date of much awaited Windows 7 RTM (Release To Manufacturing).
We are putting all important dates together for your convenience:
MSDN & TechNet Subscribers - August 6
Microsoft Connect - August 6
ISV and IHV Partners - August 6
Volume License Customers - August 7
Microsoft Partner Program - August 16
Microsoft Action Pack Subscribers - August 23
Retail Stores - October 22
OEMs - 2 Days after official RTM announcement
UPDATE 7: TechNet Widget Available for Blogs and Websites
Microsoft has launched TechNet widget which can be put in blogs. The widget will provide the latest content from TechNet on your blogs.
The Widget has integration built into Social networking sites Facebook, Twitter, Stumble Upon etc.
This widget pulls the latest RSS feeds from TechNet and has selections from Videos, Webcasts, TechNet Magazine, TechNet Flash and TechNet Podcasts.
Once it is embedded in a site, it will allow the site/blog users to take it and embed it on their sites.
You can also put this widget in your Windows Vista or 7 Desktop Sidebar.
If you want to put the widget in your blog or Windows Sidebar, simply follow instructions given at following link:
UPDATE 6: Windows 7 RTM on July 13th
Here is excellent news for people who are eagerly waiting for Microsoft's upcoming OS Windows 7 final release. Windows 7 is set to RTM on July 13th.
The general availability is scheduled to launch on October 22nd.
UPDATE 5: Windows 7 RC Available
The much awaited Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is now available to Connect, TechNet and MSDN subscribers as announced earlier by Microsoft.
So if you are a Connect, TechNet or MSDN subscriber, just log into your account and start downloading Windows 7 RC.
If you are not a subscriber, no need to worry. Microsoft will release the same RC build to public on 5th May on Microsoft Download Center. There will be no download limit this time, so you can download your very own Windows 7 RC copy as soon as it releases.
UPDATE 4: Windows 7 RC on April 30th
Finally Microsoft has officially announced the release schedule for Windows 7 Release Candidate.
If you are a TechNet or MSDN subscriber, you can download Windows 7 RC on April 30. If you are not a subscriber, no need to worry. The public release would be on May 5.
UPDATE 3: Windows 7 Beta Available
Microsoft has released Windows 7 Beta to TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Its also available on MS Connect. Just log into your account and download it.
If you are not a subscriber, don't worry. The public beta will be released tomorrow 9th January 2009. So just wait for a few hours and you'll be able to download it absolutely free from Windows 7 official website. The public beta will be available for a limited time only, so grab your copy as fast as you can whenever it becomes available to download.
The download would be available in ISO format, so you'll need to burn the image.
You can upgrade to Windows 7 Beta from Vista SP1.
UPDATE 2: Windows XP SP3 Slipstreamed ISO Available
Recently Microsoft released Windows XP SP3 for TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Now Microsoft has released the slipstreamed ISO image of Windows XP with SP3 (Service Pack 3) for Technet and MSDN subscribers.
If you are a subscriber, you can download the ISO image from your subscription page. Simply log into your TechNet or MSDN account and check for Windows XP with SP3 in your subscription download page.
UPDATE 1: Windows XP SP3 RTM Available
Microsoft has made Windows XP SP3 (Service Pack 3) RTM version available for MSDN and TechNet subscribers today. Earlier it was announced to be available later on May 02, 2008.
TechNet and MSDN subscribers can download it using their subscription page. Just login to your TechNet or MSDN account and check the "Top Subscriber Downloads" section.
The ISO file size is 544.86 MB. Standalone EXE file size is 316 MB.
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