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Windows Phone 8.1 has reached its RTM milestone, with the final build of the OS delivered to manufacturers this week, and the first new devices designed for 8.1 expected to launch in late April.
Microsoft has announced SQL Server 2014, the latest version of its database management software, has reached the RTM stage of development and will become generally available April 1st.
The Windows 8.1 Spring update has reportedly reached RTM at build 17031 and has already been handed over to OEMs according to WZor, who also says a leak is likely to happen.
Famed Russian software leaker, WZor, has tweeted in response to rumours of an April 2015 launch of Windows 9, that Microsoft is on track to release the final bits to manufacturing by October 2014.
The RTM build of Windows 8.1 includes an option not available in the preview version that lets users run Modern Windows 8 apps and then return to the desktop after closing the app.
DreamSpark users need not feel left out anymore, as Microsoft has also made Windows 8.1 Professional available to those subscribers ahead of the Oct. 18th release date.
Microsoft's delayed release of Windows 8.1 came after an internal struggle and the outcry of developers who wanted the bits to develop Windows 8.1 apps for the GA launch in October.
Now that the various Windows 8.1 versions have been made officially available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, we can confirm that the leaks from the end of August are the same as the official ISOs.
'Leak all the things!' seems to be the battlecry from Russia. After a lackluster trickle of leaks from China, including a corrupt image and even a 'Frankenbuild', now the proper images have leaked.
The rumours of an English RTM build leaking 'soon' has gotten some people so desperate (or helpful, you decide) that now someone has repacked the Chinese leak into an English 'Frankenbuild'.
Microsoft has announced that Windows 8.1 has hit RTM and is now being sent to OEMs ahead of the retail launch on October 18th and the Windows Store release during the morning of October 17th.
The default wallpaper for Windows 8.1 RTM that was shown off on a certain Chinese website yesterday, has now made its way online and available to download and you can grab it right here.
Although it's common knowledge by now that Windows 8.1 has hit RTM, the other whispers included the possibility of it leaking this weekend on popular torrent websites, will it, won't it?
A new rumor claims that Microsoft has now signed off on the final RTM build for Windows 8.1 and that it will deliver it to its many OEM partners in just a few hours.
Windows 8.1 build 9477 had leaked yesterday but the original version was in Chinese. Now the same tipster that first brought us this news has shared that the image has been converted to English.
A new screenshot leak seems to show that the latest Windows 8.1 build from Microsoft that has entered into the RTM testing phase has the version number 9484.0.winblue_rtm.130812-1706.
Microsoft's internal testing date for Windows 8.1 is August 23rd and you should expect that the RTM announcement will follow shortly there after, but still no word on when it will hit MSDN/Technet.
Microsoft may hold off releasing the RTM build of Windows 8.1 to MSDN or TechNet subscribers early and will instead release the OS to everyone in mid-October.
A newly leaked screenshot shows that the latest build of Windows 8.1 from Microsoft, 9478, has now entered into the RTM branch, which means that an official RTM announcement could come at any day.
Microsoft has reportedly sent out Windows 8 build 9477 to its OEM partners ahead of the RTM build, with a report indicating that Microsoft has now finalised its feature set for Windows 8.1.
A rumor "from Russia with love" claims that Microsoft has now signed off on the final RTM version of Windows 8.1 and plans to offer the OS update to its many OEM partners on August 16th.
Microsoft has confirmed that a final version of its Windows 8.1 update will be delivered to manufacturers in late August, with the first devices featuring 8.1 on board launching this holiday season.
A well known journalist that covers Microsoft claims that the company will ship the final version of Windows 8.1 on August 1st, with Windows Phone 8.1 coming late in 2013 or early 2014.
With Windows Phone 7 hardware being left out of the Windows Phone 8 party, the announced 7.8 update has been eagerly anticipated by WP7 owners. According to a new rumour, the update has hit RTM.
Microsoft has announced its Office 2013 productivity suite of software has hit the RTM build stage. People who choose to buy Office 2010 on October 19th will get Office 2013 for free when launched.
Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2012 Essentials has reached the RTM build stage and will be available to buy Nov. 1st and inside server hardware from OEM companies by the end of the year.
Windows 8 has not even hit GA yet but Microsoft is already releasing an update to the platform so that when consumers get their hands on the OS, it is already tweaked from the RTM announcement.
Windows Phone 8 was released to manufacturing this month so in keeping with tradition the team had a shipping party. Beers, gangnam style dancing and as far as we know a good time was had by all.
A new report is suggesting that Windows Phone 8 has RTMd which is on track with previous rumors that we had heard from the rumor mill. Make the jump to learn more about what this means for consumers.
If for some reason you prefer to upgrade from the Release Preview to the final build of Windows 8, this is now possible with a workaround. Using the same trick applied to Windows 7, it can be done.
The weekend poll is back again, and this time we'd like to know if you have installed the Windows 8 RTM yet. If so, did you download it through legal channels or through a leaked copy?
Today at around 9AM PDT, MSDN and TechNet subscribers will be able to download and check out Windows 8, which marks another milestone closer to general availability later this year.
MSDN and TechNet subscribers will be among the first to get their hands on Windows 8 tomorrow, when it becomes available for digital download and DVD order. Are you one of the lucky ones?
On the 8th August (8/8), Microsoft held a party for their staff celebrating the RTM of Windows 8. So, how do you follow toppling 7000 dominos for the release of Windows 7? Bake a cake it seems!
New information that was sent into Neowin shows that the leaked Windows 8 RTM activations were made possible, at least in part, by the Belarus government. Customs workers likely to blame.
Windows 8 appears to be shaping up to be the OS you either love or hate, and our members don't have any problem pointing that out in various forum threads, one caught our eye though.
Windows 8 is shaping up to be a the most customizable version of Windows ever. We take a look at the default lock screen wallpapers that are included within Windows 8 out of the box.
With Windows 8 leaking to the web, quite a bit of new information about what is contained in the RTM has surfaced as more individuals have gotten their hands on the platform. Make the jump to see more
Another day, another leak.... this time it's of the Windows 8 RTM language packs, which have appeared through the usual channels as two separate ISO files for different editions
If you were thinking of going ahead and grabbing a leaked RTM image of Windows 8 and illegally activating it before the media became officially available, you could run into issues.
Another day and another RTM leak and this time its from the Chinese edition of Windows 8 and the leak comes in two flavors, 32 bit and 64 bit. Make the jump to learn more about the leak.
Joining the long list of high profile leaks, Visual Studio 2012 RTM has leaked as well and is in good company of several Windows 8 ISOs. Make the jump to learn more about this latest RTM leak.
The Russian leaker AngelWZR has confirmed that all of the ediions of Windows 8 RTM that have leaked over the weekend can now be activated with a workaround. This will not please Microsoft.
Yet another four images of Windows 8 have leaked, two can already be found on torrent websites or other means, this time they aren't the "N" editions, meaning Windows Media Player is included.
Following Thursdays leak of Windows 8 RTM, Russian leaker WZOR has now announced that the x64 version of Windows Server 2012 (Standard and Datacenter) has too leaked to the web, just a few hours ago.
There are several ways to deliver software to clients with secured FTPs being one option but sometimes an old fashion hand-over is warranted to celebrate the occasion.
With Windows 8 getting the green light, for those of use with developer access, we are only a few days away from getting our hands on Microsoft's latest OS. Make the jump to see numerous screenshots.
Microsoft has announced that Visual Studio 2012, the next version of its PC software creations tools, has been completed, with a formal launch event scheduled for September 12th.
Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2012, the next version of its server OS, has reached the RTM build stage, It will officially launch to the public on September 4th.