Windows: Microsoft Windows 8: Key Dates to Remember for the OS, Other Products

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-08-08 Print this article Print
August 1

August 1

Microsoft releases Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 to manufacturers. The company also releases Windows RT (also known as WinRT) to manufacturers, according to reports and sources. However, Microsoft has not officially confirmed if WinRT has shipped.
Microsoft has announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows 8, Internet Explorer 10 and Windows Server 2012, and also completed the final builds of Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5. The release to manufacturing of Windows 8 marks the completion of product development and testing. Microsoft's hardware partners are now armed with final code, and can begin building new Windows 8 PCs and devices to introduce this fall, starting Friday, Oct.26, at general availability. In a blog post on the issue, Microsoft spokesman Brandon LeBlanc said, "People will be able get Windows 8 starting on Oct. 26, either by upgrading for $39.99 or on a new PC or device. And if you buy an eligible Windows 7 PC today, you will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 (U.S.) through the Windows Upgrade Offer." The Windows Store also is now open for business. RTM delivers an opportunity for developers to publish and offer paid apps. The Windows Store for developers blog details how developers can take advantage of the biggest platform opportunity available.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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