Microsoft has made the RTM version of Windows 8 available for yet another audience. This time, the next version of its operating system can now be accessed by subscribers of the company's Windows Intune service.
ZDNet.com has confirmed with Microsoft that the final bits of the RTM build are now available for people who are signed up to use Windows Intune. Originally, Intune users were supposed to get access to the final shipping version of Windows 8 on Saturday, September 1st.
Microsoft first launched the cloud-based PC management and security service in 2011 and is designed for use by small and medium sized businesses who have up to 500 PCs.
The next launch date for Windows 8 remains September 1st, when Microsoft will allow Volume License customers without Software Assurance to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers.
After that, the final Windows 8 launch date will be on October 26th, when consumers can purchase a new PC with Windows 8 installed, or tablets and hybrids with Windows RT. Consumers can also purchase and download an upgrade for their old Windows XP, Vista and 7 PCs to Windows 8 on that date for $39.99. People who purchase a new Windows 7 PC right now can get the upgrade for just $14.99.
Source: ZDNet.com | Image via Microsoft