Microsoft earlier this month made the final version of Windows 8 available to PC and tablet makers, and this week IT pros get their hands on the OS, which is complete save for some minor tweaks that will occur between now and the consumer launch in October.
Windows 8 RTM is available to developers as of Wednesday through their MSDN subscriptions, and IT departments with Software Assurance for Windows can download Windows 8 Enterprise Edition through their Volume License Center beginning Thursday. Volume license customers without Software Assurance can purchase Windows 8 from Volume License Resellers as of Sept. 1.
Most of these customers, as well many consumers, have been working with the Windows 8 Release Preview, which debuted in May. The fact is, Windows 8 RTM is nearly identical to Win8 RP, but there are some noteworthy changes--most of them cosmetic.
In addition to IT pros, consumers can also now download Windows 8 RTM and try it free for 90 days. The official retail launch is scheduled for Oct. 26, with a range of systems expected to be on sale from vendors such as Lenovo, Asus, and Dell. Microsoft's own Surface tablet also will hit store shelves on that date.
Read the full list of changes here: http://www.informationweek.com/software ... /240005637