It’s official, the next generation of Microsoft Windows has been released.
Windows 8 (Build 9200) was completed and released to manufacturing today with MSDN and TechNet subscribers being the first to get access to the new software on August 15. Retail copies should be ready for PCs and tablets (including Microsoft’s Surface tablet) on October 26.
Windows RT (Windows 8 made to run on processors based on ARM) reached the RTM build. Microsoft has already sent copies to hardware makers that are building Windows RT devices.
Windows Server 2012 (Windows 8 server counterpart) has also reached RTM and sent copies to hardware and software vendors. Evaluation and retail copies should be available for purchase on September 4.
You can buy Windows 8 on October 26th either by upgrading for about AU$40 or with the purchase of a new PC. But if you buy an eligible Windows 7 PC today, you will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for about AU$15 through the Windows Upgrade Offer.
The final version of Visual Studio 2012 will also be available from August 15.