Download Windows 8 RTM Now From MSDN And TechNet!

In development since 2009, announced officially at CES in early 2011, went through three different previews (Developer, Consumer and Release) and recently announced to be code complete, the final, code-complete, release to manufacturing version of Windows 8 is finally available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Check out the details after the jump.

Windows 8 is a pretty big and important release for Microsoft for a couple of reasons. Firstly because it is, of course, a major update to Microsoft’s desktop operating system which is one of their top three, revenue-generating products; its success is directly tied to Microsoft’s overall success in the computing market. Secondly, it’s heavily focused towards touchscreens, offering a specific Windows RT edition of Windows 8 (without the traditional desktop interface) that works only on ARM tablets competing with the Apple iPad and tablets based on Android.

Besides the move towards touch-screen oriented user interfaces, Windows 8 includes a heavy number of all new features like a Windows Store for apps, Internet Explorer 10, an all new task manager, Easy Restore / Refresh for quickly reinstalling Windows on your PC, cloud integration, and Xbox Live integration etc..

If you’re a TechNet or MSDN subscriber, you can head on over to the links embedded at the end of this post to start downloading Windows 8 RTM and get your license key.

Windows 8 RTM

If, however, you’re part of the general public i.e. without TechNet / MSDN access, you will have to wait till October 26th when Windows 8 is released to retailers. When it does, you will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro from XP, Vista or 7 for the price of a $39.99 download. If you prefer a packaged, DVD version, that will cost $69.99. You can check out the features that are offered by different versions here.

Windows 8 RTM for MSDN subscribers
Windows 8 RTM for TechNet subscribers


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As we head towards the final, public release, we’ll be covering different aspects of Windows 8. Expect an in-depth review, tips, tricks and more, so stay tuned to Redmond Pie!

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