Windows 8 RTM

Microsoft has announced on the Windows 8 blog that the next major version of its operating system, Windows 8, has reached the RTM milestone. What does this mean for consumers? Not an awful lot if you're not particularly interested, but it does mean manufacturers are now set to start preparing products in time for when Windows 8 is released to the world (including Microsoft with its Surface tablets).

We previously covered Windows 8 when the release preview was made available to those who wished test Microsoft's latest desktop platform. The Windows team has completed product development and testing, and have now started to hand the code onto OEM partners. The release date for Windows 8 to the general public is still October 26th, so we all still have a slight wait to get through, but we're certain it'll be worth every second.

To recap, the upgrade price to get Windows 8 is $39.99 (or you can simply purchase a new PC / tablet with the software preinstalled) and should you purchase an eligible Windows 7 PC today, you'll be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 through the Windows Upgrade Offer. Not bad, eh? Those holding MSDN or TechNet subscriptions will be able to gain early access to the Windows 8 RTM code on August 15th.

So, who's excited about the imminent launch of Windows 8? Will you be going mobile with a tablet? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Windows Team Blog