The latest build, i.e. build 9200 is complete and has been released to manufacturing. Brandon LeBlanc stated in a blog post, “Today, I am excited to announce that Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM)!”
The entire Windows 8 journey has been a long one and Microsoft made sure that it released videos and wrote hundreds, if not thousands, of blogs posts to highlight important features and capabilities of Windows 8. That journey is nearly at its end and LeBlanc seemed ecstatic about it.
“This means we’ve completed the product development and testing of the product and have started handing off the final code to our OEM partners.” he wrote further.
Microsoft has released a time table of sorts about what’s in store for Windows 8 for the next two months to come. Below is the same for your reference:
- 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.
If you want to give a go at Windows 8 Release preview you can download it from here.