Microsoft confirms Windows 8 has hit RTM

Microsoft has officially confirmed that Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing and as expected, the final build number is 9200. The company has also outlined when the OS will be available on its numerous developer channels which you can see in the list below.

  • 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.

With the code being officially signed off, developers now have a solid, locked platform to test and evaluate their software before the OS launches to the general public on October 26th. As given by the list above, Microsoft will be pushing out Windows 8 to the majority of its developer and partner networks very shortly.

This is a significant milestone for Microsoft as the company has now locked down the code and can shift resources to gear up for the public launch later this year. Windows 8 is a dramatic departure from the past for Microsoft as it built a hybrid OS that works across many different form factors.

Additionally, the RTM announcement means that the Windows Store is now open to accept submissions for paid applications. Given the ample amount of time until launch, we should see the store fill out nicely before launch and offer consumers a wide range of options to fill out their start screens on launch day.

As a reminder, you can get Windows 8 starting on October 26th either by upgrading for $39.99 or with the purchase of a new PC. 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.

Source: Microsoft

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I like a lot of what I see in Windows 8, but I don't see myself upgrading my non-touch-screen laptop to Windows 8... I'll just stick with Windows 7 for now.

Agree i Hated Win8 but I Learned the Keyboard Shortcuts and it now Rocks.
Few issues with RP but i am looking forward to Running the RTM Version Soon.

count0nz said,
Agree i Hated Win8 but I Learned the Keyboard Shortcuts and it now Rocks.
Few issues with RP but i am looking forward to Running the RTM Version Soon.

Correction: Now YOU think it rocks, every experience is subjective. The average user won't take time to learn keyboard shortcuts just for the sake of W8. It will go back to Win 7 and use his computer in a "classic", easy, known way (aka with a mouse).

Mortis said,

Correction: Now YOU think it rocks, every experience is subjective. The average user won't take time to learn keyboard shortcuts just for the sake of W8. It will go back to Win 7 and use his computer in a "classic", easy, known way (aka with a mouse).

There will be Win 8 keyboards by Logitech, Microsoft and other parties with handy 'shortcuts'/keys.

Mortis said,
This will be the most hated OS in computer history, excluding MS BOB.

No it won't. People will realise it's actually decent when they learn to use the win key on the keyboard and stop bitching about childish little changes.

I am suspecting that the box art for windows 8 will come in 2 flavours. The light green or green box with the white 4 square logo will be the basic normal windows 8 box, while the light blue to blue box with the white 4 square logo will be the professional windows 8 box. That is if history is any guide, but I could be wrong.

willwalk said,
I am suspecting that the box art for windows 8 will come in 2 flavours. The light green or green box with the white 4 square logo will be the basic normal windows 8 box, while the light blue to blue box with the white 4 square logo will be the professional windows 8 box. That is if history is any guide, but I could be wrong.

The end result was I was correct about the logo and the 2 flavours, but wrong about the color and pattern. I was close, but not quite right

Have we thought out some snazzy names for SKU's ?
Pirates need to know this stuff so we know what to download !!!
JK, i'm not downloading any of this dumb garbage lol

Congrats Microsoft ...your idiots

I am Not PCyr said,
Have we thought out some snazzy names for SKU's ?
Pirates need to know this stuff so we know what to download !!!
JK, i'm not downloading any of this dumb garbage lol

Congrats Microsoft ...your idiots

The joke's on you brother... it's "You're" as in you are. Looks like you are the idiot

I'll find a student and get me a very cheap copy thru them, did everyone see what kinda crap they are doing to servers and licensing?? Prepare for hosting fee's to go sky high!!

Will Windows 8 also have that option to skip activation at installation, as well as the ability to re-arm the OS a few times?

Ahmed Nefzaoui said,
I'm not only excited about the leak
I'm also super excited about the rumors about Windows 9 that will come right after the RTM
Eh, I think Sinofsky and his team will be taking a vacation to Hawaii or somewhere for a while before they start tackling the next version of Windows and rumors start floating.

gzAsher said,
Eh, I think Sinofsky and his team will be taking a vacation to Hawaii or somewhere for a while before they start tackling the next version of Windows and rumors start floating.

Since Windows 8 will likely not be so well received as Windows 7, Sinofsky's vacation will be... permanent.

Screenshot is probably build 8688 seeing the name of it on the official blog.
This is pretty weird because we don't we know of any build with that number. :\

Didn't they say at some point that at RTM, we would see most of the Core Apps get an update in the store?
Can we expect this soon?

Ice_Blue said,
And now it begins...

Windows 9 DP.

Yeah development on Windows 9 has already started albeit in its very early stages. At the moment they're just working on backend code because UI changes comes last, so right now Windows 9 looks exactly like Windows 8.

Ice_Blue said,
And now it begins...

Windows 9 DP.

Windows 9 source code:
...
#include "windows8.h" // done
#include "windows8_all_fix.h" // wip.

main {
...
}

Terracotta said,
This is a very feminine version of Windows---Purple and Flowers?

My god, do women use computers now? (More seriously, it's simply a theme choice)

Kirkburn said,

My god, do women use computers now? (More seriously, it's simply a theme choice)

It's where this world went wrong... Wait, no, that was AOL- bringing millions of uneducated twats to the Internet, their opinions in tow!

efjay said,
Cue the hate!

Windows 8 sucks !

happy now ?

Don't bitch & moan fanboys, if you don't want a response
you guys do a wonderful job provoking people that would otherwise remain silent.

Better start your daily affirmations..
Look in the bathroom mirror every morning and tell yourself..
Windows 8 is awesome !
Windows 8 is awesome !.
Windows 8 is awesome !..
Windows 8 is awesome !...

because the HATE is only get louder and louder

I can't help but laugh at all those people screaming "it's not finished!!!"whenever people were criticizing the lack of a full Metro system icon set.

neufuse said,
Icons in RTM have not been "updated" same WinVista/Win7 style icons

HA! I KNEW it! They think they are doing a wonderful job being consistent and all, but the sad reality is they are NOT!

neufuse said,
Icons in RTM have not been "updated" same WinVista/Win7 style icons

so, when was the last time OSX changed their icons?

FalseAgent said,

so, when was the last time OSX changed their icons?

Change is not necessary just for the sake of change. OS X (and iOS) have been consistent since the beginning.

But with Windows, Microsoft stated publicly that they wanted a consistent and unified experience. Windows 8 does NOT deliver on this front.

FalseAgent said,

so, when was the last time OSX changed their icons?

During OS X Panther, OS X Leopard and OS X Mountain Lion many icons have been updated. However in the same photorealistic style. There have been many subtile changes in between as well. The cool thing is; there are no legacy icons to be found in OS X.
You brining up OS X also makes no sense whatsoever. Photorealism is still Aqua's identity, nothing has changed here. Microsoft on the other hand made Windows go through a major overhaul yet neglected to update the system icons to match.
Microsoft didn't go fully through with the new cartoonish Windows 7 style. Now on Windows 8 we're left with that same weird Windows Vista / 7 crossbreed icon set, which has absolutely nothing to do with Metro. It's a shame.

.Neo said,
I can't help but laugh at all those people screaming "it's not finished!!!"whenever people were criticizing the lack of a full Metro system icon set.

If it makes you feel better, I am making my own Metro icons for what's missing.

Fantastic! Visual Studio 2012 on August 15, too.

I expect we'll finally start to see some finalized info/branding around Xbox Music, too. Hopefully they've wised up and integrated Music pass into Xbox Live Family. Drives me nuts that my family can't use Music pass because they're Xbox Live Family members.

billyea said,
Is Windows 8 going to be available on MSDNAA at around the same time as MSDN?

Check links above, all is revealed!

Adam Vester said,

Check links above, all is revealed!


Couldn't find any information other than "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"

billyea said,

Couldn't find any information other than "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"

Same here, all is not really revealed...

billyea said,
Is Windows 8 going to be available on MSDNAA at around the same time as MSDN?

They haven't said, but here's some facts from Windows 7 to take away. MS released Windows 7 to MSDN on Thursday, August 6th, and Volume licensing on Friday, August 7th, MSDNAA access was opened up on Monday, August 10th.

So from this, since MSDN opens up on August 15th, and Volume licensing on the 16th, we can guess that MSDNAA will open up 2-4 business days after it goes out to MSDN which would be August 17th or the 20th.

Omen1393 said,

So from this, since MSDN opens up on August 15th, and Volume licensing on the 16th, we can guess that MSDNAA will open up 2-4 business days after it goes out to MSDN which would be August 17th or the 20th.

That's good timing. I'll be able to have it set up before the new semester.
Of course, it'll take a little longer after that for the university to actually approve the product for student download, but a time frame is nice.

FalseAgent said,

isn't MSDNAA now called Dreamspark?

Some MSDNAA products are now available on Dreamspark but the way I see it is:
Dreamspark - student game developers (XNA), creative tools (like Expression Web), access is granted to students with a university email address but you must register yourself, optional fun software
MSDNAA - like MSDN, student developers, access to many OS versions, previews of Windows 8, access is ONLY granted to students/faculty automatically by participating universities, professional software (not Office)

winlonghorn said,

No, they are two seperate programs.

I believe Dreamspark has replaced MSDNAA. At least my school that used to have MSDNAA got Dreamspark now with all accounts transferred etc.

Anyways, the release date for Dreamspark/MSDNAA can vary from school to school, so there isn't one date for them to give on that.

Lamp Post said,

I believe Dreamspark has replaced MSDNAA. At least my school that used to have MSDNAA got Dreamspark now with all accounts transferred etc.

Anyways, the release date for Dreamspark/MSDNAA can vary from school to school, so there isn't one date for them to give on that.

I can confirm that my last renewal of the MSDN AA was changed to DreamSpark last year, and registration renewals now occur through the DreamSpark site.

https://www.dreamspark.com/Institution/Subscription.aspx
“DreamSpark Premium” replaces the full MSDN AA Developer agreement.
“DreamSpark” replaces the MSDN AA Design agreement.
The name change was cosmetic only. Terms and benefits are the same as before.

Lamp Post said,

I believe Dreamspark has replaced MSDNAA. At least my school that used to have MSDNAA got Dreamspark now with all accounts transferred etc.

Anyways, the release date for Dreamspark/MSDNAA can vary from school to school, so there isn't one date for them to give on that.

Ok, I didn't realize that. Thank you.

veternan said,
Coooool

I saw some minor cosmetic stuff like icons has not been updated in RTM. Really lazy of Microsoft. I am sure that it will destroy Metro harmony. Before all flamethrowers jump in, I LIKE consistency.

veternan said,
Coooool

It will be interesting to see what devices will be unveiled now. I suspect a number of OEMs have held back.

easydone101 said,

All you said was "cool" and a bunch of people are replying to you?

LOOOOOL, COOL I didn't know how much cool can be Coooool
Thanks for replying...

sanke1 said,

I saw some minor cosmetic stuff like icons has not been updated in RTM. Really lazy of Microsoft. I am sure that it will destroy Metro harmony. Before all flamethrowers jump in, I LIKE consistency.

How have you seen the RTM build already?