Windows 8 Releases to Manufacturing (RTM), GA on October 26th, 2012
UPDATE: Microsoft just announced that Windows 8 RTM build has been compiled which means Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing. Thanks Asrin475.
When we posted this topic, rumors were coming that Windows 8 will be RTMed in April 2012. After a few months another rumor came that Microsoft will release RTM version of Windows 8 in first week of July 2012.
But now Microsoft has officially posted about RTM release of Windows 8. According to an official post by Microsoft at Blogging Windows blog, Microsoft has released Windows 8 to manufacturing on August 1st, 2012 which means the development and testing of Windows 8 is complete now. Windows 8 RTM build number is 9200.16384.win8_rtm.120725-1247.
TechNet and MSDN subscribers will be able to download final version of Windows 8 on August 15th, 2012.
Microsoft Partner Network members and customers with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC) on August 16th, 2012.
Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS) will receive access to Windows 8 on August 20th, 2012.
On September 1st, 2012, Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers.
GA (general availability) of Windows 8 RTM will be on October 26th, 2012. So you'll get your hands on Windows 8 final version in October 2012.
If you are planning to purchase a Windows 8 or Windows RT PC, you'll need to wait till October 2012. Windows 8 will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide.
Microsoft has also released RTM version of Windows Server 2012 and it'll be generally available in September 2012 one month earlier than Windows 8 GA.
At the moment Release Preview (Release Candidate) versions of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 are available absolutely free to download which will give you a clear idea about Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 new features and components. Interested users can download them using following link:
Also check out our exclusive review of Windows 8 at following link:
So what do you think about Windows 8 RTM? Is it too early to finalize Windows 8? Are you satisfied with Release Preview version? Do you think Windows 8 is ready for final release? Feel free to share your opinion in your comment...
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