Microsoft has declared the completion of Windows 8′s achievement with the final build on its way to OEM partners. The RTM (launch to manufacturing) milestone marks the last progress before general availability and accurately shows the final product, barring any showstopping bugs. System builders will utilize the RTM version to manufacture products for the operating system’s release on October 26.
Besides its destiny appearance on torrent sites, the Windows 8 RTM will be provided via different legal sources before October. Developers and IT specialists can download the build two weeks from now through MSDN and TechNet. On August 16, the OS will be available to MPNM( Microsoft Partner Network members) and Windows 8 Enterprise will be available via the Volume License Service Center (VLSC).
On August 20, Microsoft Action Pack offers (MAPS) will get access and on September 1, Volume License customers in obence of Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers. Microsoft states availability for other partner programs will be declared as the time comes. meanwhile, the company has established a couple blog posts for the purpose of businesses eyeing the upgrade.
Once in possession of the Windows 8 RTM, folks can start acceding paid apps to the Windows Store (just free apps were already allowed). Developers will gain 70% of app sales and that figure boosts to 80% once the software increases $25,000 in sale. Microsoft has also provided a list of certification specifications along with a handy guide on applying features such as in-app buys and trial periods.
Microsoft reveals that it is humbled by the breadth of participation in its pre-launched software. The Developer, Consumer and Release builds been the major broadly tested previews of any MS product with over 16 million PCs with fully interest participating including 7 million on the launch Preview alone. The company thanked users for their backing up and said it would persistent evaluating real-world experiences with Windows 8.
As observed, consumers will be able to buy the OS beginning on October 26. The company previously admitted that it will let Windows XP, Vista and 7 users upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99, far less than the $120 or $220 to update from Vista to 7 Home Premium. Also, folks who buy a new Windows 7 PC in the front of Windows 8 will be able to upgrade for only $14.99.