Microsoft has yet to unveil their official Surface tablet pricing since the news broke in June. It would seem that Lenovo is revealing some clues to what it plans to offer for pricing on Windows RT tablets.
As you begin downloading and installing the new bits for Visual Studio 2012 RTM, you may find yourself looking at the menu and hating the all caps presentation that Microsoft has now decided to use. Rest easy, there is a way to revert back to the old style.
Microsoft has made RTM versions of Visual Studio 2012, Team Foundation Server 2012 and .NET Framework 4.5 available to MSDN and TechNet Subscribers.
Rumors according to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley are that Microsoft is already working on updates to Windows 8, code-named "Blue" due out sometime next year, possibly in the summer.
The wait is over for the official bits, at least if you are an MSDN or TechNet subscriber. Windows 8 is available to MSDN subscribers via this link and TechNet here. Servers were bogged down yesterday with people trying to download the bits and today should prove a better day on getting the software. If you aren't an MSDN or Technet subscriber you can 90-day evaluation version here. The code in these versions is the same that will be released to the general public on October 26th as an upgrade or with new Windows 8 PCs.
Microsoft has made it known that attempts to bypass the Metro (or whatever new name they choose to give it) interface, will not work in Windows 8 RTM. But there is a way to get around this behavior and have Windows 8 boot straight to the desktop.
Microsoft has officially confirmed that Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM) with the final build of 9200. The company outlined when the OS will be available to various channels, the biggest being MSDN on August 15th.
This now gives developers a final locked RTM to test and evaluate software before the general availability date of October 26th. This also means the Windows Store is open to accept paid applications.
On August 15th, developers can visit the Windows Dev Center to get the tools and resources needed as well as the final build of Visual Studio 2012.
Windows 8 Pro will be available from an upgrade price of $39.99 or with the purchase of a new PC. If you were to buy an eligible Windows 7 PC today, you have the option of upgrading to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 after release.