Today, Microsoft has announced that the next version of Windows, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, have hit RTM (Release To Manufacturing) and is now provided to OEM partners.

This means the new Windows is coming.

More date information:

  • August, 1st: Windows RTM
  • August, 15th: available for TechNet/MSDN subscribers
  • August, 16th: available for Volume License customers with Software Assurance through Volume License Service Center website as well as for Partners through their Partners subscription
  • August, 20th: available to Microsoft Action Packs Providers
  • September, 1st: Volume License customers without Software Assurance

 

As part of this announcement, Visual Studio 2012 will be available as RTM on August 15th.

Other date previously announced are still correct, General Availability (ie first computer with Windows 8 and Windows 8 box/upgrade) on October 26th.