It looks like Microsoft choose this week of the Microsoft Worldwide Partner conference to release some key milestones for the Windows 8 Server Platform. Jeffrey from the Microsoft Windows blog says;
"Windows Server 2012 will be released to manufacturing in the first week of August. The code will be complete and we will begin delivering it to our hardware partners. Then, the product will be generally available to customers worldwide through multiple channels in September.
In addition, it looks like Windows 8 will also be ready for "Release to Manufacturers" (RTM) in August as well. Tami Reller (Microsoft CFO) noted the following;
"that Windows 8 is on track to Release to Manufacturing (RTM) the first week of August. For enterprise customers with Software Assurance benefits, they will have full access to Windows 8 bits as early as August."
All this means to most of us (i.e. the consumer) is that Windows 8 will definitely be ready to ship on real hardware for the Christmas season.
In addition, you can now upgrade from Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 - which I think is a pretty good deal.
That said, as I am now a DELL employee, I should be able to get a significant discount, eh?
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