Windows 8 to RTM in August; to be generally available in October

Today at the annual Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, Canada, Microsoft shared the details about the upcoming Windows Milestones with its partners. The Windows Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer Tami Reller provided details on Windows 8 General Availability.


Windows 8 is on track and all set to Release to Manufacturing (RTM) in the first week of August. The enterprise consumers with Software Assurance benefits will have early access to RTM or final build of Windows 8 in August.

Microsoft also announced that Windows 8 will reach General Availability in October 2012 and will be available to end-users by the end of October. This means that Windows 8 PC’s and hopefully the new Surface tablets too will be available to buy starting in October.

It was revealed that Windows 7 has achieved a new milestone. Having sold over 630 million licenses, it has become the best-selling operating system from Microsoft. More than half of enterprise PC’s are now running Windows 7 today.

Microsoft is also going to launch the full-fledged Windows Store with Windows 8 RTM, thereby opening a new commerce platform for developers to build and sell their cool apps easily.

When released, Windows 8 RTM, will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide.

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