It won’t be long before Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) users can purchase a copy of Windows 8. The company made an official announcement on Wednesday on their official blog that they just shipped off their final code to production.
Brandon LeBlanc (the communications manager for Microsoft) explained that his company’s original manufacturer device partners can now prepare new computers, laptops, and devices for Windows 8. The new software and Windows Surface Tablet will officially launch October 26th.
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For users who can’t wait to test-drive the new Windows 8 program, they can check out the preview website for more information.
According to a schedule from TNW, here is what developers can expect. On August 15h, developers will finally be able to download the last version of Windows 8 via MSDN subscriptions, and information technology professionals can access their final version via TechNet. On August 16th, consumers who already have Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows, will be able to download the enterprise edition of Windows 8, via Volume License Service Center, Microsoft Partner Network will also be allowed to access Windows 8. On August 20th, Microsoft Action Pack Providers will also get access to Windows 8. On September 1 Volume License users that don’t have Software Assurance will finally be able to purchase Windows via Microsoft Volume License Resellers.
The Verge said the final build is 9200.16384.win8_rtm.120725-1247.
Windows 8 is an exciting improvement from previous editions as it features a new interface design, lots of operating system applications, as well as a new method for distributing software.
This time, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is shifting much of their focus on gearing up for the Surface Tablet. The new tablet will be the first complete Windows-based tablet computer which means that they have full control in important things like design, applications, and marketing. While it’s not expected to be as big of a seller as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPad, it should still be interesting to see how far Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) can take their tablet, and if will have any affect or shift sales.
Microsoft’s plans to enhance their brand are just the start. Although Microsoft has a long way to go if and when they’re ever going to enjoy the level of success Apple does, I think that Microsoft will continue to trail-blaze, even if it’s at a lower level. Whether Surface tablet swims or sinks, remains to be seen, but I do think that their new product has a lot of potential to be great.