Microsoft celebrates Windows 8, pops the champagne

Microsoft announced one week ago today that the RTM build of Windows 8 was officially completed. While various SKUs of Windows 8 have found their way onto the Internet via pirate sites since then, that has not stopped Microsoft from celebrating the RTM stage of its latest Windows OS.

The official Windows 8 Twitter page shows that Microsoft held an event today, most likely at its Redmond, Washington headquarters. As Microsoft's Twitter post stated, "Little party celebrating Windows 8! Thank you testers!!"

The party seems anything but "little" judging by the image that Microsoft also uploaded to its Twitter account. It looks like lots of people have gathered outside, most with their smartphones at the ready, as a few people fire off what looks like champagne in the air.

Microsoft might be celebrating now, but the countdown has started for Windows 8 and won't stop until the commercial launch of the OS on October 26th. In between, Microsoft will officially offer Windows 8 to its MSDN and TechNet subscribers on August 15th and Microsoft Partner Network members and existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows can download Windows 8 on August 16th.

Microsoft Action Pack Providers will gain official access to Windows 8 on August 20th. Finally, Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to buy Windows 8 on September 1st.

Source: Windows 8 Twitter page | Image via Microsoft

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I'm sick and tired of reading these comments. You don't like win 8, then don't use it. Win 7 isn't going to disappear overnight.

P.S. FYI it has a damn desktop. sheesh. I also have a tip for you. Move the mouse cursor to the down-left corner and instead of clicking, right-click. Can you see what popped out?

eddman said,
I'm sick and tired of reading these comments. You don't like win 8, then don't use it. Win 7 isn't going to disappear overnight.

P.S. FYI it has a damn desktop. sheesh. I also have a tip for you. Move the mouse cursor to the down-left corner and instead of clicking, right-click. Can you see what popped out?

The god menu is one reason I will never use Windows 7 again.

eddman said,
I'm sick and tired of reading these comments. You don't like win 8, then don't use it. Win 7 isn't going to disappear overnight.

P.S. FYI it has a damn desktop. sheesh. I also have a tip for you. Move the mouse cursor to the down-left corner and instead of clicking, right-click. Can you see what popped out?

This.

Or just hit Win-X. It's all in the shortcuts, baby. Win8 can be very productive if you get off the clickety-click bandwagon.

Win-C for Charms bar is also a good shortcut to know.

efjay said,
Haters Assemble!

We would but you fanboys are waiting there already egging us all on..

You know if the cheerleaders would shut the hell up we would be a lot more quiet !

Its snotty little comments like yours that provoke people.

I am Not PCyr said,

We would but you fanboys are waiting there already egging us all on..

You know if the cheerleaders would shut the hell up we would be a lot more quiet !

Its snotty little comments like yours that provoke people.

And you're falling for it. Good to know you're so easily trolled.

It is not hating. Microsoft has a massive market share, and someone (the masses) should shove the exclamation mark in their faces, because Windows 7 was a god damned delight to use (with its classical windows limitations, but was damn ok). I can bet Windows 8 is a lot better than 7. But the rest of the OS is limited (hidden, discarded) by the UI itself.

I'm not gonna lie, Windows 8 is gonna take some getting used to and that is outside of IT environments. Yes, you will have the IT Pro like me and my colleagues who will use it and enjoy it. It is such a departure from previous releases. Yes, the familiar desktop is there, but start (no pun intended) using it and you will begin to see it its strangeness. The lack of the Start menu will be something users who have been tied to need to get over before they can begin to accept Windows 8. Windows 8 will certainly be great on Tablets, its "made" for Tablets! For me, the Start Screen is more a curiosity, something I just encounter every morning and skip. The only thing I probably use most out of it is Metro Twit. I honestly believe, by SP1 or prior to that, a patch will be release to have it disabled and the familiar Start Menu re-enabled. Its just the reality.

Why am I so hyped about 8? I really don't understand. Until I tried the Release Preview, I was completely against Metro. I hated everything about it, like many others do (did?), and didn't see any benefits from using it, or having it in the first place. Still remember hunting for those "pills" to disable the ribbon and other stuff, too.

But something opened my eyes as soon as I saw the Start Screen in the Release Preview, and the drastic changes on the desktop part from the very first leaks of 8. I don't get it! It's so different, but it's still 8.

Maybe the concept of the Microsoft Surface, and the idea that I can have a tablet which I can "transform" to a laptop PC by adding the keyboard+trackpad (or plugging in a USB mouse) changed my perspective...

Aero has changed for the better since 7, IMHO, and even though it isn't fully supplied on the RTM (at least in the Pro leak I tried), it still supports glass and transparency effects (I had the Windows 7 Bing Dynamic RSS theme synced with my account which loaded as soon as I opened the desktop on the RTM for the first time). But it's made to me less flashy; some might call it dumbed-down, which for me is actually a great improvement.

(ex-)Metro still being akward to use on a non-touch screen doesn't stop me from enjoying it with a mouse and keyboard, and the information I have without even having to dig through my browser and bookmarks and a lot of other stuff.

I didn't think I would be able to say it, but good job, Microsoft. They took a stand and did something new, for better or (and?) for the worse; they surprised, made tons of controversial articles, opinions, thoughts and discussions. Whether one likes Windows 8 or not, it certainly blew up a colossal cloud of attention, which is still a great way to market (and sell) a product.


EDIT: Not to mention that, if the rumors end up being true, and Windows 8 sells so cheap, I will certainly love to get it as soon as it "hits the shelves". For now, the Release Preview is still as good as the RTM to me.

ChrisJ1968 said,
with all those people, that's the best UI (Metro)they could come up with?????

Yep and it works well too, That team deserves a pay rise.

Toysoldier said,

Yep and it works well too, That team deserves a pay rise.

It works well on tablets, true. On a desktop with a mouse and keyboard it's a pathetic mess.

TRC said,

It works well on tablets, true. On a desktop with a mouse and keyboard it's a pathetic mess.

Pressing at a set of coordinates with your finger and pressing with a mouse pointer, there's no difference. When you bring keyboard shortcuts into the picture, some things are actually quicker to accomplish with keyboard than they are with finger. Win+C for instance, or Win+X. Two shortcuts that are right under your left hand in common use.

TCLN Ryster said,

Pressing at a set of coordinates with your finger and pressing with a mouse pointer, there's no difference. When you bring keyboard shortcuts into the picture, some things are actually quicker to accomplish with keyboard than they are with finger. Win+C for instance, or Win+X. Two shortcuts that are right under your left hand in common use.

+1

People actually seem to think that it works differently on touch. It's just hilarious to me.

Let the games begin! The marketplace will be the final arbiter, with "the great divide" becoming more and more obvious.

TsarNikky said,
Let the games begin! The marketplace will be the final arbiter, with "the great divide" becoming more and more obvious.

for sure and what is, is.
And it will be nice when the dust settles so we can put this debate to rest *sorta

AWilliams87 said,
I have no problem with Win 8 on my laptop. Feels pretty normal to me now. How is it harder to use?

go and read any other windows 8 topic..
its all been said far too many times

I never really understood the hate over Windows 8, nor do I see a big deal, especially when it comes to Metro.

First and foremost, the "lack of start menu" whining makes me facepalm. It's there. It's been redesigned. That's called Metro. For the most part, it functions in a similar manner to that of the Start menu.

For the most part, Windows 8 runs beautifully. It's not all about the metro, but it's also all about the changes under the hood, which I can tell is a big, big improvement from Windows 7.

To me, I can see that Metro will work great for both Desktop and Tablet. It's not THAT awkward to me using mouse and keyboard to operate Metro and its apps. It just doesn't bug me at all.

Bottomline: Like it or not, it's here to stay, and no one's forcing you to use Windows 8. It's a next step and I support it 100%.

But first, a glass of fine champagna.

You know, champagna is not champagna unless it comes from the province of Champagna. I learned that in bartending school.

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