Windows 8 available later today on MSDN and TechNet

Not long to wait now

Well it's finally here, the day TechNet & MSDN subscribers will be able to download Windows 8, and activate it legally.

Microsoft didn't announce what time the images would start showing showing in the downloads section, but we're guessing it will be around 9AM PDT (12PM EST, 1600 UTC) which is when Microsoft HQ in Redmond starts a new day.

Also as a reminder, Microsoft changed their EULA in July this year which quite drastically reduced the number of product keys that can be requested:

Beginning in mid-March 2012, subscribers to TechNet Subscriptions (excluding TechNet Standard which are entitled to 2 keys per product) may access a maximum allocation of three (3) product keys for Microsoft Office and Windows Client products in connection with their subscription. The allotted keys may only be used for software evaluation purposes. Once the maximum keys have been activated, no more keys will be made available. Additional product keys may be acquired through the purchase of an additional subscription. Thanks Warwagon

Yesterday we asked you to vote if you would be getting Windows 8, and surprisingly over half voted they wouldn't, with just 45% stating they would (of the 249 that bothered to vote).

This forum thread also paints a picture that Windows 8 doesn't seem to be generating as much excitement as the Windows 7 release did, which is also a bit disappointing.

Once again, here is the release timeline:

  • 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.

Check out this timeline of the Windows 8 release, including the ensuing leaks; and here for the forum discussion on today's availability.

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If MS holds to previous releases, we should see 3 keys each for Win8 "Core" and Pro, correct? Not sure about Office 2012/Server 2013. Are these good for multiple activations per key like previous products?

Called Microsoft and the tech wasn't for sure what was going on.

Does the standard edition of TechNet get you Windows 8 - Office 2012 - Server 2013?

Thanks.

annotate said,
Called Microsoft and the tech wasn't for sure what was going on.

Does the standard edition of TechNet get you Windows 8 - Office 2012 - Server 2013?

Thanks.

Yes, all the above, but the standard subscription does not get you access to Enterprise level software. Such as Windows 8 Enterprise for example.

"This forum thread also paints a picture that Windows 8 doesn't seem to be generating as much excitement as the Windows 7 release did, which is also a bit disappointing."

that's because it's only any use on a tablet, of which there aren't any yet. As a desktop OS upgrade, this thing ranks up there with Microsoft BOB. ....a tablet OS, that's a different story and i look forward to getting one.

What's the upgrade pricing again? For TechNet, at $66/key, I think buying the upgrades would be cheaper (that is of course unless you intend to acquire keys for other products as well.)

Using a Technet subscription to upgrade home computers is against their Terms of Service. It is ONLY for individuals or organisations wanting to EVALUATE software, and then buy a regular license.

The Dark Knight said,
Using a Technet subscription to upgrade home computers is against their Terms of Service. It is ONLY for individuals or organisations wanting to EVALUATE software, and then buy a regular license.

Maybe the user wont tell them!

The Dark Knight said,
Using a Technet subscription to upgrade home computers is against their Terms of Service. It is ONLY for individuals or organisations wanting to EVALUATE software, and then buy a regular license.

Oh No! We are all going to go to hell! I hope the big bad Microsoft does not realize I am not following their EULA! I may be killed!

Great, I'm still using Windows 8 and it is much smoother than Windows 7.
Some may not "like" 8 because there's no special button for them.

Pressing the Windows key is faster anyway so...

snowbug said,
Great, I'm still using Windows 8 and it is much smoother than Windows 7.
Some may not "like" 8 because there's no special button for them.

Pressing the Windows key is faster anyway so...

I have a micro keyboard on my HTPC without a windows key, but then I will use XBMC or just explorer anyway.

At least it's _possible_ to get around with the mouse only. (Which I use the most. I rarely type on the HTPC.)

lunamonkey said,

I have a micro keyboard on my HTPC without a windows key, but then I will use XBMC or just explorer anyway.

At least it's _possible_ to get around with the mouse only. (Which I use the most. I rarely type on the HTPC.)

Alt+S?

lunamonkey said,

I have a micro keyboard on my HTPC without a windows key, but then I will use XBMC or just explorer anyway.

At least it's _possible_ to get around with the mouse only. (Which I use the most. I rarely type on the HTPC.)

Mouse to the edge and start icon?

Those wanting a Technet subscription, just to get early access to Windows 8 and nothing else,
you might as well save your money and wait until general availability starts on 26th October,
especially bearing in mind software from Technet is offically licensed for evaluation only.

DJGM said,
Those wanting a Technet subscription, just to get early access to Windows 8 and nothing else,
you might as well save your money and wait until general availability starts on 26th October,
especially bearing in mind software from Technet is offically licensed for evaluation only.

Unless I have 4 PCs at home. All for evaluation...... of course.

I am really excited, I have spent over 11 months using the previews on all my systems. I use Windows 8 everyday at work on a Dell Optiplex 760. I still have Windows 7, the machine I am writing this comment on right now is Windows 7 based. Of course, I might eventually upgrade it to Windows 8 to take advantage of the faster boot time (which fast in Windows 7), but for things like Hyper-V client and USB 3 support.

still1 said,

for one year.. after that the windows key will expire.
last time i checked keys do not expire if you let your subscription expire

morden said,

negative

You got proof of that? Cause there is a statement from MS about this

Product keys
The software may require a key to install or access it. Not all software is provided with the same number of keys. You are responsible for the use of any keys assigned to you. You may not resell, share, assign, or otherwise transfer keys. Key activity is monitored. Microsoft reserves the right to suspend or terminate your subscription, without any notice or obligation to you, if Microsoft detects suspicious activity related to keys or activations. Microsoft reserves the right to determine in its sole discretion whether an activity constitutes suspicious activity. Suspicious activity could include, but is not limited to, keys being activated in geographic regions that are different from the geographic location of the subscription activation or purchase, downloading of a large number of keys, and other similar activities. Microsoft may deactivate or otherwise limit your keys when your subscription ends. Deactivated keys will not be able to activate software.

http://technet.microsoft.com/e...subscriptions/cc294422.aspx

still1 said,

for one year.. after that the windows key will expire.

I wish people would stop spreading this misinformation! The keys will not expire! How can keys expire anyway? They simply state that you can no longer legally run the software from your subscription on your computer hardware. That's all.

If you've already activated you're good to go. To me, it seems like they are talking about unactivated and uncliamed keys. These do become unavailable once your subscription lapses. As a side note, i've had 2 non-current 1-year TechNet subscriptions and the product keys ive acquired have never expired. I only used 3/10 of my Win7 keys and when my account lapsed, the other 7 were not obtainable.

still1 said,

read point 7 http://technet.microsoft.com/e...subscriptions/cc294422.aspx
expire mean you wont be able to activate the software using those keys anymore...

Still1, it says the following:
Suspicious activity could include, but is not limited to, keys being activated in geographic regions that are different from the geographic location of the subscription activation or purchase, downloading of a large number of keys, and other similar activities. Microsoft may deactivate or otherwise limit your keys when your subscription ends.

To me, this means that if they detect suspicious activity with your keys (in that context), then Microsoft may deactivate your keys when your subscription ends. But keys already activated on a specific machine will likely always work on the same hardware. But for example, they will not be activatable on up to 10 machines as they are when you have a active subscription. I think this is what they are talking about. But if you've already activated with a specific key, it will continue to work. This is a moot point for me, since I will likely renew my subscription

briangw said,

You got proof of that? Cause there is a statement from MS about this

Product keys
The software may require a key to install or access it. Not all software is provided with the same number of keys. You are responsible for the use of any keys assigned to you. You may not resell, share, assign, or otherwise transfer keys. Key activity is monitored. Microsoft reserves the right to suspend or terminate your subscription, without any notice or obligation to you, if Microsoft detects suspicious activity related to keys or activations. Microsoft reserves the right to determine in its sole discretion whether an activity constitutes suspicious activity. Suspicious activity could include, but is not limited to, keys being activated in geographic regions that are different from the geographic location of the subscription activation or purchase, downloading of a large number of keys, and other similar activities. Microsoft may deactivate or otherwise limit your keys when your subscription ends. Deactivated keys will not be able to activate software.

http://technet.microsoft.com/e...subscriptions/cc294422.aspx

to be honest i made a mistake, i thought the msdn subscription...

with the seemingly lack of interest in 8 i should not have to worry about the servers being to busy to get it today then.

hclarkjr said,
with the seemingly lack of interest in 8 i should not have to worry about the servers being to busy to get it today then.

Well, the servers weren't hammered when Win7 was put on technet/msdn three years ago either. With akamai it seems MS has that covered.

As a Technician I have to download/learn this but I must admit to not looking forward to it in the slightest. Hopefully it will prove me wrong.

Midnight Mick said,
As a Technician I have to download/learn this but I must admit to not looking forward to it in the slightest. Hopefully it will prove me wrong.

At the very least, you should wait until GA when there are actual Metro apps worth using.

Im a technicians as well, we have been messing around with the leaked RTM build just so we can get used to it. after a few hours 5/6 people liked using it.

but remember if you start using it thinking you will hate it then you will most likely not like it, just like anything really.

Midnight Mick said,
As a Technician I have to download/learn this but I must admit to not looking forward to it in the slightest. Hopefully it will prove me wrong.

Once you get passed the Start Screen, it's Windows 7 on steroids. It's THAT good. As an IT support tech and Developer I've studied it inside out, and I can tell you, I can't wait to rewrite one of my programs to the Metro-UI standard.

Princess Chica Ami said,
Do you have to be a *Developer* or any user that has enough money can subscribe to the service and start downloading?

$200 and you are on your way to multiple versions from TechNet, but supposedly they are clamping down on that with Windows 8. We'll see.

Omen1393 said,
I wish MS was more transparent about when Dreamspark Premium/MSDNAA members were getting access .

me too.. all though i'm only in websitespark, i'd atleast like the visual studio 2012 and server 8 bits

Omen1393 said,
I wish MS was more transparent about when Dreamspark Premium/MSDNAA members were getting access .

I was also thinking of that since i have a Dreamspark Premium ( previously was MSDNAA for me ) and it seems they have updated their list.
Link: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/uk_fac...server-2012-milestones.aspx


August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions and DreamSpark Premium

primexx said,
They should make it available for retail download right now.

Completely agree. Give the option for tech enthusiast, individuals and independent developers that cannot afford the MSDN subscription, to have access to the RTM today.

Keep the general and retail availability for October 26.

please post the SHA-1 hashes of win8 pro msdn .iso files so that we know whether the leaked ones are the final ones as i think the leaked ones are missing the EULA so we might not be able to pay £49.99 for a legit serial on the leaked ones.

torrentthief said,
please post the SHA-1 hashes of win8 pro msdn .iso files so that we know whether the leaked ones are the final ones as i think the leaked ones are missing the EULA so we might not be able to pay £49.99 for a legit serial on the leaked ones.

I believe you are confusing the small paragraph Volume License EULA with the retail EULA.

.Neo said,
Welcome to the new Neowin.

Nothing new about it, it's just that I post more often lately. Articles from years ago had the same style.