Windows 8 for DreamSpark students coming August 25th

As promised, Microsoft allowed MSDN and TechNet subscribers to start downloading their RTM copy of Windows 8 today. Microsoft Partner Network members and existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows members can download Windows 8 starting tomorrow. Microsoft Action Pack Providers will gain official access to Windows 8 on August 20th. Finally, Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to buy Windows 8 on September 1st.

But some people have been wondering when Windows 8 might be made available to users of the DreamSpark program. For those people who may not be aware, Microsoft launched DreamSpark in 2008 as a way to give high school and college students a way to download a number of Microsoft development software products for free.

Microsoft didn't mention Windows 8 availability for DreamSpark users on its primary Windows blogs. However, a little seen Microsoft blog for its UK Faculty Connection program has filled in the missing dates. The blog says that students can download Windows 8 "via DreamSpark Premium institutional ELMS stores" between August 25th and August 31st.

The DreamSpark Premium level means that only college students and teachers who are involved in science, technology, engineering and math departments will be able to take advantage of downloading Windows 8 using this avenue.

Thanks to Mary Jo Foley for the tip
Source: Microsoft UK Faculty Connection blog

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SharpGreen said,
So this is only for people with access to what used to be called MSDNAA? How is this news again?

Its not available until Aug 25. It was assumed to be available today.

Nice! I'm still angry about having to take one more quarter to finish my degree, but at least I'll get a nice, shiny Win8 license out of it. And, well, a degree.

I think Microsoft should just let users who want to give them money, but a key now. I mean people have been using the RP full time for months anyway.

Yeah, I agree I would like a Digital download right now but not a TechNet Subscriber, I think Microsoft should release the Digital download on the Microsoft store these who wants it right now.

warwagon said,
I think Microsoft should just let users who want to give them money, but a key now. I mean people have been using the RP full time for months anyway.

warwagon said,
I think Microsoft should just let users who want to give them money, but a key now. I mean people have been using the RP full time for months anyway.

Or allow people to install it now in an extended trial mode and allow people to input a purchased serial key later. Unfortunately the trial they offer can't be upgraded and you can't add a serial key at a later date.

I can understand Microsoft not wanting to sell it now, as they want more impressive launch sales figures (for shareholders and PR reasons) and they need manufacturers to update drivers. But they should provide a legal route for users who want to install it now, especially as many people have been running the Preview versions since they were released.

warwagon said,
I think Microsoft should just let users who want to give them money, but a key now. I mean people have been using the RP full time for months anyway.

I have a heck a lot more time now to get Win8 installed and working than I will in October. MS should get with the times already!

warwagon said,
I think Microsoft should just let users who want to give them money, but a key now. I mean people have been using the RP full time for months anyway.

I think they would IF the hardware makers had their drivers as final. You have to keep in mind that this little gap between RTM and GA is meant for the hardware makers to test and tweak their code against the RTM version which may or may not have small changes compared to the last build they got to test.