As of today Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM)! This means means the final code is complete and Microsoft will deliver the “brand new OS” to hardware and software vendors.
Consumers will be able get Windows 8 starting on October 26th 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 $17.99 through the Windows Upgrade Offer
However, Microsoft have a number of programs that provides various audiences early access to the Windows 8 RTM code to help prepare for Windows 8 as it enters the marketplace this fall:
Windows Server 2012 Arrives September 4
Windows Server 2012 has been released to manufacturing, too. That means the final code is complete and Microsoft will deliver the “brand new OS” to hardware and software vendors & partners this week. Good news for MSDN and TechNet subscribers and MS Partners, as Microsoft will also make the software available to their volume licensing customers in the next couple of weeks.
Get out your calendars and free up some time on September 4 you will need it