Windows 8 RTM coming first week of August, general availability "late October"

Microsoft's Tami Reller has just announced at the Worldwide Partner Conference that the Windows 8 Release to Manufacturing (RTM) stage is on track for the first week of August, with a general availability occurring in October; devices are expected in "late October". When the product does ship, it will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide.

Previously it was speculated Windows 8 would reach RTM in late July, but this rumor has since been quashed with the first official word at WPC 2012. There could be a possible RTM sign-off in the coming weeks of July, but the actual release will occur in early August; so it's not very far away at all.

Also with the word that devices are expected in "late October", this would indicate that Microsoft's Surface tablet running Windows RT is due around then - again the x86 Pro version is still due several months later.

Source: WPC 2012 livestream | Additional reporting by Brad Sams

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Will be waiting patiently for the first week of August for install of the RTM, My mouse will be ready to click the download link.

could be next year for all i care

i wouldn't waste the effort to click on the magnet link for this crap at The Pirate Bay
never mind pay real money for this garbage.. ohhh I'm so sad my windows 7
doesn't have "charms" ...seriouly how utterly fruity and limp wristed does that sound ?

Charms definitely isn't the draw. Smaller kernel, performance improvements including WDDM 1.2 are the main attractions.

Most people can't comprehend what Windows 8 is, but the desktop "app" in Windows 8 is Windows 7 with improvements and increased performance in virtually every aspect of it.

I am Not PCyr said,
could be next year for all i care

i wouldn't waste the effort to click on the magnet link for this crap at The Pirate Bay
never mind pay real money for this garbage.. ohhh I'm so sad my windows 7
doesn't have "charms" ...seriouly how utterly fruity and limp wristed does that sound ?

is pretty much up to the specs of your PC. if nvidia doesn't release an windows 8 driver anytime soon, i think i just stick to windows 7. Hehe

NeoandGeo said,
Charms definitely isn't the draw. Smaller kernel, performance improvements including WDDM 1.2 are the main attractions.

thank you for constructive / useful reply.
i'd like to see a more broad emphasis on the pros and cons of Win 8
we all know about the usual debated features..

although i am sure i don't want it, i will eventualy have to use it.
either A) because i have to fix problems for people on the OS.
and B) its only fair if i have a look at the final product before a final judgement.
i've still been keeping some hope their will be some hidden internal methods
of disabling some features that the user doesn't want when Win 8 has gone Gold.

Hopefully they fixed the freezing issue from Consumer and Release Preview versions. Not everybody wants to enable Hyper-V as a fix.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,

Neowin scholars know better than Microsoft apparently.

He could very well be right. Businesses are as it is so stubborn and slow when it comes to upgrading and adopting new technology. With Metro being forced upon everyone, I really don't see too many organisations adopting Windows 8.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,

Neowin scholars know better than Microsoft apparently.

google "ford worst car" for example.
notice that basicly any major auto company has put out lemons..

no one is immune from putting out crap.
and that needs to be pointed out ?

Looking forward to the RTM version! I actually can't wait for this thing to be released, not so much because I'm dying to use it but because I'm very curious how it is going to be received by non-techies.

Wow in the first week of August?

I wasnt following the rumors/leaks too much but didnt even notice that I had less than a month to prepare my desktop/laptop to install Windows 8. And I just formatted my desktop!

So Office 15 will be done in October too by Microsoft's affirmations.
They said WinRT will include Office 15 and if WinRT devices launch in October, Office 15 will be ready by then.

Wish they would allow release preview users to upgrade to RTM as soon as it's signed off. It's not like we don't know the risks.....

So as Windows Phone 8 is (rumoured to be) releasing around the same time with Windows 8, is guess that means October too? If so, PERFECT, i can upgrade my mobile in October (from 6th), so lets hope Nokia/HTC/Samsung have a good high-end phone available from release (pref Nokia).

Hopefully the don't Announce Windows Phone 8 devices in October coz then it won't be til November/December before availability (or February/March if a Nokia lol).

When do we expect more consumer oriented announcements on Windows Phone 8?

Salem874 said,
So as Windows Phone 8 is (rumoured to be) releasing around the same time with Windows 8, is guess that means October too??

Windows Phone 8 may be releasing then, it's unlikely there will be any phones available then though. Phone manufacturers need time to put the final build on their phones, modify it with hardware drivers, and customise it with their apps, etc. With testing etc, that'll be more than just a week or two.

torrentthief said,
meh, just give me Internet Explorer 10 RTM for Win7

I wish MSFT can give more details on the schedule of releasing IE10 to Windows 8 and Windows 7. I don't expect MSFT to release IE 10 for Vista.

devHead said,
Excellent; I will be able to test the RTM product before my TechNet subscription expires in mid-September.

Mine ends at the same time, and I won't likely have enough money this year to renew it (at least not right when it expires).

devHead said,
Excellent; I will be able to test the RTM product before my TechNet subscription expires in mid-September.

Just don't forget that when your TechNet subscription expires, so do the products you downloaded from it (assuming the announced TechNet/MSDN changes are live by then of course).

TCLN Ryster said,

Just don't forget that when your TechNet subscription expires, so do the products you downloaded from it (assuming the announced TechNet/MSDN changes are live by then of course).


I haven't heard anything about that. As it stands right now, Technet keys don't expire. Where did you hear about these changes, because I just Googled it and can't find anything about that?

edit: found it: http://www.ghacks.net/2012/07/...end-of-subscription-period/

However, that only applies to new or renewed subscriptions AFTER the change goes into effect, not ones that were already activated before then.

So, can we expect the upgrade to be available 1st week of August, since they just got to make the ISO available on the online store?

Mohitster said,
So, can we expect the upgrade to be available 1st week of August, since they just got to make the ISO available on the online store?

No, the upgrade will be made available at General Availability (GA). It will be released at the end of October.

It would be nice if people could buy it digitally immediately, as I've been the CP/RP as my primary operating system for months now. I'll keep using the RP but it seems a waste to install a lot of my programs when I'm going to start from scratch with RTM (I'll be using a different hard-drive and want a clean install, so an upgrade isn't an option).

Eins.MY said,

any screenshots or info on the tablet? cant find on the site

It shown during the live demo of up coming devices. I would check back later when the keynote is posted.

If I understand correctly, the RTM build will actually be compiled between the 12th and 20th of July. With the signing off taking place the first week of August.

The OEMs and partners that get to sign off have to have time to test the RTM build.

I wouldn't say the rumor was quashed, because the July and August dates are technically speaking of (2) different milestones in the RTM.

Edited by xendrome, Jul 9 2012, 2:46pm :

warwagon said,
It's to bad geeks can't pay for it once it RTM's without going to technet.

I agree. This is lame.

Make the RTM available for purchase outside MSDN and TechNet. Give people the option to start updating ASAP.

Beside the regular geeks there are are so many individual and interdependent developers that need early access to the new OS and yet they cannot afford the MSDN/TechNet subscription.

Dot Matrix said,
Is it October yet?

Stop bickering guys!

I may install a leaked version and run it in 30 day trial period and re-arm it till its released to public. But I wish Microsoft allows purchase of digital copy using windows Live ID of App store immediately as soon as it's available on TechNet or MSDN. Since they don't have to use DVDs for digital copies which can be installed off USB drives, I see this as a golden opportunity for Microsoft to get as many impulse buys as possible. But I am also sure Ballmer will have a finger up his own a** and ignore this thing.