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Windows 8 has reached the RTM milestone

Posted by Sander on August 1, 2012

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!).

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Windows Server 2012 released to manufacturing!

Posted by Sander on August 1, 2012

Microsoft is pleased to announce that Windows Server 2012 has been released to manufacturing, and will be generally available for evaluation and purchase to customers around the world on September 4, 2012.

We encourage you to visit the Windows Server 2012 launch page to save the date for our virtual launch event on September 4, where you’ll have the unique opportunity to get the inside scoop from our executives, engineers, customers and partners from around the world who are transforming their datacenters and increasing IT efficiencies with help from Windows Server 2012. Attendees will be able to learn more about the product features and capabilities and connect with experts and peers. They will also be able to collect points along the way for the chance to win some amazing prizes.

Windows Server 2012 is the cornerstone of the modern datacenter, helping companies of all sizes embrace private and hybrid cloud computing, in order to move faster, save money and better compete. With the launch of Windows Server 2012, Microsoft is ushering in the era of the Cloud OS, and encouraging customers to realize the benefits of the cloud today to build a solid foundation for their future.

For more information about Microsoft’s cloud optimized OS, please visit the Windows Server 2012 product page. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #Winserv.

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Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 Complete!

Posted by Sander on August 1, 2012

Today, the Windows and Windows Server teams announced that Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 have been released to manufacturing. In keeping with our goal of delivering great tools on the same cadence as our platforms, I’m thrilled to announce that we have completed final builds of Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5.

This has been an exciting road for all of us involved in these projects, and we’re glad to be able to deliver these to our customers.

For MSDN Subscribers, the bits will be available for download on August 15th. Visual Studio Professional, Premium, Test Professional, and Ultimate with MSDN Subscribers can also sign up for a free, one year developer account for Windows Store today, with Windows Phone developer accounts coming soon.

We’re also planning an exciting launch event on September 12th, so mark your calendars, and visit for more details.

Thank you to all of you that have taken the time to try the Visual Studio 2012 Developer Preview, Beta, and Release Candidate releases. Your feedback has been very helpful.

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