Microsoft just announced that the next version of Windows OS has been released to manufacturer (RTM), the final build of Windows 8 (build 9200) is now in the hands of manufacturers and OEMs, so that they can start installing the new OS on their upcoming PCs and devices starting with General Availability.
From their announcement, it looks like Microsoft is dead-serious in making sure that consumers will be able to get their hands on new PCs and devices running Windows 8 by October 26, 2012. The first batch of OEM and Manufacturer to received the final build of Windows 8 (build 9200) are; Lenovo, Acer, ASUS and Toshiba. Microsoft also listed the different programs that will allow developers, OEMs, Manufacturer and the like access to Windows 8 RTM code, for them to help in the introduction of Windows 8 this coming fall.
In a separate but related announcemnt, Microsoft officially open the RTM Windows Store for business and will start accepting Metro style app for Windows 8. They’ve also added 54 new markets and 24 new app certification languages, which will allow developers to localize their apps for their target market. Microsoft previously mentioned that Windows 8 apps will have a starting price of $1.49 and as high as $999.99.
Microsoft is also giving consumer a number of option to upgrade to Windows 8 this October 26; first is to upgrade their existing Windows 7 for $39.99 or on a new PC or device; second is via the Windows Upgrade Offer, as long consumers purchase an eligible Windows 7 PC today, then they can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 (U.S.). Until then Windows 8 Release Preview is still available here.
Steven Sinofsky President of the Windows and Windows Live Division said in a separate blog post said…
While we have reached our RTM milestone, no software project is ever really “done.” We will continue to monitor and act on your real world experiences with Windows 8—we’ve used the preview process to test out our servicing and we have every intent of doing a great job on this next important phase of the product.
So he’s basically saying that the final build of Windows 8 (build 9200) is not really the final build.