On 1st August, Microsoft announced that Windows 8 had hit RTM, which means the company is finished with the OS, and that they are ready to send it of to OEMs. This also means it’s ready for developers, starting from the 15th you can get your hands on it!
Tomorrow will be an exciting day for some people, who will finally have access to Windows 8 via MSDN & TechNet subscriptions. Here is a release timeline as a reminder, because the release isn’t limited to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, there are other ways to get it before the retail launch on October 26th.
- 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.
Are you one of the lucky ones with access tomorrow, or can you get it by other means before October 26th? Let us know in the comments.