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.
- August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions.
- August 15th: IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through your TechNet subscriptions.
- August 16th: Customers with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), allowing you to test, pilot and begin adopting Windows 8 Enterprise within your organization.
- August 16th: Microsoft Partner Network members will have access to Windows 8.
- August 20th: Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS) receive access to Windows 8.
- September 1st: Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers.
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.
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