Some Microsoft volume licensees will have to wait to get Windows 8.1

While Microsoft released Windows 8.1 to MSDN and TechNet subscribers earlier this week after something of a political struggle within the company, the company has not yet released the RTM bits to its volume license customers. As it turns out, some of them will be able to get the Windows 8.1 Enterprise version soon, but the rest will have to wait until October 18th to get the final build of the OS update.

ZDNet reports, according to statements from a company spokesperson, that Microsoft volume license customers with active Software Assurance will be able to download the RTM version of Windows 8.1 Enterprise later this month via TechNet. Software Assurance users automatically get access to TechNet as one of its benefits.

All other volume license customers will have to wait until Oct. 18th, the official Windows 8.1 launch date, to get Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 8.1 Enterprise via its Volume Licensing Service Center. Windows 8.1 Core cannot be downloaded from VLSC but can be accessed via MSDN. There's no word yet if Windows Server 2012 R2 will be made available to volume license customers.

The story also says that schools that have an active DreamSpark Premium subscription can go ahead and download the RTM version of Windows 8.1 via MSDN. Regular DreamSpark users will apparently have to wait until October 18th to access the OS.

Source: ZDNet | Image via Microsoft

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I have just finished an 8.1 rollout for a client. 5,000 machines across three countries.
The SCCM team were really fantastic!

Having slight issues with the Lync app connecting at times, but that's the only issue

majortom1981 said,
How did you get access to the volume license version? From what I saw TechNet does not have the volume license version yet.

Through the clients edu licence agreement

glen8 said,
I have just finished an 8.1 rollout for a client. 5,000 machines across three countries.
The SCCM team were really fantastic!

Having slight issues with the Lync app connecting at times, but that's the only issue

I don't believe you unless you were using Preview Release Products in your production environment...

You would have had to use: MDT 2013 Preview; SCCM 2012 R2 preview to support 8.1 os deployment en masse.

majortom1981 said,
I have an edu license and cannot download 8.1 volume license yet.

very strange, I would assume once it was available for one it would be available to all. Think they were using the edu scheme, they are a top university after all

Steven said,

I don't believe you unless you were using Preview Release Products in your production environment...

You would have had to use: MDT 2013 Preview; SCCM 2012 R2 preview to support 8.1 os deployment en masse.


Some people have access to SCCM 2012 R2 RTM

Shouldn't the headline be "Some Microsoft volume licensees will get Windows 8.1 ahead of the scheduled release"?

Saying some are having to "wait" suggests there's been a delay to the planned release schedule, when there hasn't.

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