Microsoft has rolled out its first post-preview version of Windows 10: build 10240, popularly referred to as the 'RTM build'. But is this 'final' launch build of Windows 10 as good as it should be?
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Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 build 10240 is now rolling out to all Windows Insiders. It's the first build to drop the desktop watermark, and the first to drop the 'preview' branding.
Microsoft's Windows 10 platform has reached its final milestone as a preview OS - the platform has been released to manufacturing which means it can now be loaded on to new hardware.
With almost two weeks to go until Windows 10 launches, Microsoft has rectified its statement; which now states that customers will be able to buy pre-installed Windows 10 PCs on launch day after all.
Microsoft had originally planned to release Windows 10 to manufacturers this week but according to sources inside the company, the milestone will not be reached and has been delayed to next week.
Microsoft is believed to be aiming for Windows 10 to reach the all-important RTM development milestone in the next few days, and it has promised a new "build coming to Windows Insiders this week".
Microsoft has made it possible that Windows 10 can be free for anyone, even if they don't have a previous install of Windows, but seeing as the OS is a free upgrade, this won't impact many users.
Microsoft has announced that starting with the next Windows 10 Insider release, you will need to start pairing your Windows 10 preview release with your Microsoft Account.
Earlier today, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be released on July 29th - and if you are an Insider, you will get the new version of the OS on the same day as well.
Microsoft has recently announced the official date when Windows 10 will be available, and has offered details about what hardware you need for the company's latest operating system.
Microsoft is targeting the middle of July for a signoff of Windows 10 which means that the OS will be in the hands of OEMs by the end of July, if the roadmap stays on schedule.
At Build 2015 Microsoft talked about the future of the Windows Insider program and the company is currently considering two paths to keep the updates flowing to participants.
Microsoft is forging ahead with Windows 10 and if you are curious about when the platform will be released to manufacturing, the company is currently targeting the month of June.
Microsoft's Gabriel Aul says that the company intends to allow users who have installed Windows 10 preview builds to upgrade directly to the RTM version of the OS when it launches next year.
Microsoft will be releasing Windows 10 in late summer or early fall, according to Microsoft's COO. This aligns to what the company has previously said but does offer a little bit more information.
An email seen by Neowin reveals Microsoft's planned timetable for its remaining development work on the launch build of Windows Phone 8.1, with the final code expected to be signed off on April 14.
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!