Windows 8 RTM build goes beyond 8500 to 8506?

A couple of weeks ago, some Internet rumors claimed that the final version number for the Windows 8 Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build would be 8500. Now another website, who has offered reliable information on this subject in the past, reports that the current Windows 8 RTM candidate build number from Microsoft has gone beyond 8500.

Winunleaked.info (free registration required) claims that the current build for Windows 8 RTM is 8506.0.winmain_win8rtm.120630-1900. Indeed, the newly updated Windows 8 Builds list shows a number of RTM candidate versions that are above 8500. If this list is indeed accurate, it shows that Microsoft is still continuing to tweak the final shipping version of Windows 8.

Microsoft is expected to finalize the RTM build of Windows 8 sometime before the end of July. That is the date that Microsoft itself said was its target when it launched the Windows 8 Release Preview version on May 31. If Microsoft sticks with its own schedule, the shipping version of Windows 8 will be available to the general public sometime this fall. The company has already announced that Windows XP, Vista and 7 owners can upgrade their PC to Windows 8 for just $39.99 from the time of its release to January 31, 2013.

Source: Winunleaked.info

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All this build numbers voodoo is highly cabalistic. Why would they be forced to settle for a specific build number? Or is it just because 'it was the case before'...?

Hopefully there will be exciting full-screen Metro apps which change the build number as part of Microsoft's highly customizable Windows 8 experience where you the consumer is king.

NerdyTech said,
Who cares what the build number is... why does this even matter?

To promote drama in the IT world, of course.

kiddingguy said,
So if RTM is around July-ish, when will it hit MSDN/Technet?

Windows 7 was 15 days after RTM announcement. I imagine we're looking at the same time line for 8.

Like others have said, I think 8600 is the most likely build for RTM.

Should we start the discussion about Windows 9 now?

8600. The build before Windows NT 6.2.7600 (Windows 7 RTM) was Windows NT 6.2.7271. So, sometimes, they make big jumps.

osm0sis said,
Windows 7 was 7600, why not 8600 for Windows 8?

Exactly. And Windows XP was 2600.

Pretty sure Windows 8 will be 8600 now.

osm0sis said,
Windows 7 was 7600, why not 8600 for Windows 8?

The final build number must be dividable by 100 and 16, which both Vista (6000) and 7 (7600) has been.

So the most likely build number, if they stick with this, is 8800

GurliGebis said,

The final build number must be dividable by 100 and 16, which both Vista (6000) and 7 (7600) has been.

So the most likely build number, if they stick with this, is 8800


Windows 2000 was 2195. So there goes that *theory*.

Raa said,

Windows 2000 was 2195. So there goes that *theory*.

No, since it is a pratice they started with Vista.

Have a look at winunleaked.info in the Windows 8 RTM thread, it is mentioned there some pages back.

GurliGebis said,

No, since it is a pratice they started with Vista.

Have a look at winunleaked.info in the Windows 8 RTM thread, it is mentioned there some pages back.


or just a funny coincidence.

my Win7 build nr is 7601 tho

Shadowzz said,

or just a funny coincidence.

my Win7 build nr is 7601 tho

The last digit is the service pack so you're on Win 7 SP1

i just want it to go RTM and someone leak it just so i can see for myself if it's as bad as i think it will be as it will be something i could play with a bit on a virtual machine.

p.s. either way, it sounds like there is a glitch with one of the programs i use a lot in Windows 8 to where ill probably have to stay on Windows 7 either way as while there is updates for the program i use the updates are not free like the current version of the program i use is which was released back in 2007.

Meh. Given how arbitrary Microsoft's build numbering processes are, I've personally given up caring. What the product does is what matters.

yep.

<opinion>
Time to start getting used to ugly metro apps + the addition of ribbon to aero. Yikes!
</opinion>

Nightwind Hawk said,
Holy cow, it's practically finished? I really haven't been following Win8... I thought it will still in the beta phases!!

To some, it still is!

warwagon said,

To some, it still is!

Yeah, I keep up reading everything around here and most people are complaining about Windows 8, and I keep wanting to say "It's not nearly finished yet, it's just a RELEASE PREVIEW" ... I guess and I'm wrong and now that makes me worried!

Nightwind Hawk said,

Yeah, I keep up reading everything around here and most people are complaining about Windows 8, and I keep wanting to say "It's not nearly finished yet, it's just a RELEASE PREVIEW" ... I guess and I'm wrong and now that makes me worried!


Well, remember that they've made changes to it since the Release Preview, and they'll be adding the new UI that will replace Aero in the RTM build. Microsoft have already said this.

8600 seems more likely.

If they are to declare RTM by the end of July, then the RTM build will be built any day now, or may have been built already. (They'll want to sit on it for a couple of weeks without changes before declaring RTM for real.)

Aaron44126 said,
8600 seems more likely.

If they are to declare RTM by the end of July, then the RTM build will be built any day now, or may have been built already. (They'll want to sit on it for a couple of weeks without changes before declaring RTM for real.)

I have a very weird but reasonable argument for it to be 8600 instead of 8500. Digits of 8500 add up to 13. Enough said!

Mohitster said,

I have a very weird but reasonable argument for it to be 8600 instead of 8500. Digits of 8500 add up to 13. Enough said!
The Office team did that if I remember right, straight from O12 to O14 for the sake of caution!

JustAnotherTechie said,
The Office team did that if I remember right, straight from O12 to O14 for the sake of caution!

Yeah, but now they're calling the next version Office 2013... which is weird given their 13 avoidance in the past.

rfirth said,

Yeah, but now they're calling the next version Office 2013... which is weird given their 13 avoidance in the past.

It doesn't matter, the world comes to an end in 2012.

rfirth said,
Yeah, but now they're calling the next version Office 2013... which is weird given their 13 avoidance in the past.

Maybe they'll call it "Office Metro" instead.

dvb2000 said,

Maybe they'll call it "Office Metro" instead.


Except it's not Metro. Just a classical desktop app that doesn't integrate with Windows 8's Metro at all...

JustAnotherTechie said,
The Office team did that if I remember right, straight from O12 to O14 for the sake of caution!

That's far from the same thing, because the Office version number would have actually been '13'.

Also, it wasn't for caution, it was simply due to the illogical superstitions that some of their customers would have.

rfirth said,

Yeah, but now they're calling the next version Office 2013... which is weird given their 13 avoidance in the past.

That's because it's not 13... it's 2013.

Rudy said,
Maybe they'll just round it up to 8600

Yep, once one of these 85xx build is voted as best will it be recompiled to 8600.

Niekess said,

Yep, once one of these 85xx build is voted as best will it be recompiled to 8600.

Correct, this has been known for awhile now.

Larry the Lobster said,
Just because they are above 8500 now, it doesn't mean they can't release at 8500. They have done so before.

And they will go beyond 8500 regardless... for Windows 9 builds

lunarworks said,

Oh, so it's only a "service pack" then...

/sarcasm

Didn't they announce that NT was end of life now?

Amodin said,

Didn't they announce that NT was end of life now?

No.

In fact NT is just NOW hitting its sweet spot where the base OS architecture and model used provides advantages in today's hardware and software complexity.

Go look up NT, a lot of people have no understanding of the technology and why it is different from UNIX model OSes and non-traditional kernel technologies.

It was designed with overhead, but as a more managed model that is object based and is highly morphic for hardware and software portability. (Look up the HAL technology NT.)

People get 'stuck' in the *nix thinking and forget that NT was designed to be the next generation BEYOND *nix concepts. This is why Linux and OS X are both kernel and model based on older technologies than NT.

For example, NT is far more portable and able to adapt to complex hardware and software than Linux or OS X.

Larry the Lobster said,
Just because they are above 8500 now, it doesn't mean they can't release at 8500. They have done so before.

Name one time they went past a build number then went backwards with a lower build number as the RTM build number.

Amodin said,

Didn't they announce that NT was end of life now?

You might be referring to Windows NT 4.x and now you are going to get replies about just the NT base. Which is funny cause most people know what you mean but like to belittle others as if they know more.

Amodin said,

Didn't they announce that NT was end of life now?

oh dear lord

NT ! = win32

win32 is the one that would be slowly phased out in favour of winRT

win32 is API just like winRT