As expected, Microsoft has announced the readiness of the final version of its new operating system Windows 8. According to official blog of the company, the RTM version (release to manufacturing) will soon be shipped to PC makers.
RTM-version contains the same code, which will be presented in the release to end users on October 26. Three-month period is required for Microsoft industry partners from equipment manufacturers to application developers giving them time to integrate their products with the new platform.
Developers and IT-specialists on August 15 will get access to the final version of Windows 8 through subscription services on MSDN and TechNet. During August, the system will also be available to subscribers of Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows and Microsoft Partner Network. On September 1, Windows 8 Enterprise edition will be available for corporate clients through Volume License Service Center (VLSC).
Together with Windows 8, Redmond based major has finalized the code of Internet Explorer 10, and server platform Windows Server 2012, and environments Visual Studio, 2012, .NET 4.5.
Beginning October 26, Windows 8 will be released to end users, either preloaded on new gadgets or through upgrade of previous versions of Windows. Upgrading from Windows XP,Vistaand Windows 7 will cost customers $ 40 – till now Microsoft had been charging much more for the operating system update. Microsoft’s rival Apple for many years has been offering the upgrade of Mac OS X platform for 20-30 dollars.
In addition to the version of platform for traditional x86 processors, Microsoft will also release a special edition of the system – Windows RT – for mobile devices powered by ARM-processors. Many major computer manufacturers are planning to make tablets running Windows RT and expect to compete with Apple iPad and Google Android devices.
Let’s wait and watch the developments in the coming months how Microsoft will change the existing market dynamics.
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