Will Windows 8 RTM be released for OEMs August 1st?

Microsoft has already said that it plans to launch the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 8 sometime during the first week of August. Now there are rumors that Microsoft could now have a more specific target day for the RTM release.

During the latest Windows Weekly podcast, ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley said that, according to her unnamed sources from Microsoft's MSDN and TechNet services, the company could launch the Windows 8 RTM build to its OEM hardware partners as early as August 1st (her comments come around the 26:40 mark).

Even with these rumors, we might get the RTM build a little earlier. Microsoft launched the Release Preview version of Windows 8 on May 31st, one day ahead of its previously stated schedule. It's more than possible that Microsoft could decide that the final version is ready and launch the Windows 8 RTM build ahead of August 1st but this is only speculation.

Based on unconfirmed reports, the final build number for Windows 8 RTM could be as high as 9200. It's important to point out that Microsoft has not commented on any of these reports and likely won't. In fact, it may just put the Windows 8 RTM version on its servers for OEM partners to download with no advanced warning.

Source: Windows Weekly podcast

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mandeepleo5 said,
Aug 1st is my birth date looking forward to Win 8.

Even unborn babies are looking forward to Windows 8. Congrats to your parents on your imminent birth 'date'.

My curiosity to see how well the OS is received by the public outweighs my anticipation to try it out. This iteration of Windows without question has the biggest changes ever seen.
I have a feeling it's probably going to be either 'love it or hate it', and nothing in between.

I was going to give Microsoft $300+ for a technet subscription like I did when Windows 7 went RTM had Microsoft not made technet so unattractive with all the new restrictions.

warwagon said,
I was going to give Microsoft $300+ for a technet subscription like I did when Windows 7 went RTM had Microsoft not made technet so unattractive with all the new restrictions.

Microsoft would very much love if you paid $300 for JUST Windows, instead of giving you access to almost all of their softwares for just $300.

warwagon said,
I was going to give Microsoft $300+ for a technet subscription like I did when Windows 7 went RTM had Microsoft not made technet so unattractive with all the new restrictions.

It's not really THAT restrictive. I read through the new agreement, and you'll still get 5 keys for current releases of Windows/Office and the ability to request more if needed. The only thing they really changed was taking away all of the non-IT Pro SKU's of windows and office etc... which might I add is how technet was about 6 years ago, the home editions of products only got added sometime after Vista went RTM if memory serves.

Chris123NT said,

It's not really THAT restrictive. I read through the new agreement, and you'll still get 5 keys for current releases of Windows/Office and the ability to request more if needed. The only thing they really changed was taking away all of the non-IT Pro SKU's of windows and office etc... which might I add is how technet was about 6 years ago, the home editions of products only got added sometime after Vista went RTM if memory serves.
I was under the impression they were adding some deal to the subscriptions were if you canceled the service or stopped paying your product keys would become inactive.

Synthetic said,
I was under the impression they were adding some deal to the subscriptions were if you canceled the service or stopped paying your product keys would become inactive.

My expired technet account no longer shows any keys or products from the past so you might be right there. I'm not too fussed about it, my last technet paid up in time for the Windows Vista release. I have no use for any of that dated software anymore.

Synthetic said,
I was under the impression they were adding some deal to the subscriptions were if you canceled the service or stopped paying your product keys would become inactive.

I don't think the keys physically stop working but I could be wrong about that.

Chris123NT said,

I don't think the keys physically stop working but I could be wrong about that.

I thought that 5 keys are only applicable to MSDN account? TechNet only get 2 of them.

warwagon said,
I was going to give Microsoft $300+ for a technet subscription like I did when Windows 7 went RTM had Microsoft not made technet so unattractive with all the new restrictions.

So you're using win 7 just for testing, after which you're going to remove it completely? correct?

Possession said,
I just hope it's on MSDN/Technet before long.

Some have said on or around August 1st. I've also seen August 9th. Windows 7 was on MSDN 15 days after RTM, so worst case scenario I'd say mid-August.