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 PostPost subject: Microsoft to ship Windows 8.1 in 'late August'        Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:33 am 
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WPC 2013 The Windows 8.1 Preview is barely two weeks old, but Microsoft's Windows boss Tami Reller says the final version of the update will be ready to ship to manufacturers in just a few more weeks' time.

Speaking at Redmond's annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Houston, Texas on Monday, Reller announced that the RTM version of Windows 8.1 would be made available to Microsoft's OEM partners in "late August."

That release schedule should give OEMs plenty of opportunity to ready devices to ship with Windows 8.1 preinstalled in time for the holidays, Reller said.

Microsoft made the Windows 8.1 Preview available as a free download during its annual Build conference, which took place from June 26 to 28 in San Francisco. If the final version ships in August, the update will be no more than nine weeks old by the time it's released to manufacturing.

That's from the general public's perspective, at any rate. We've been hearing rumors of Windows "Blue" – Windows 8.1's old codename – since February, and Microsoft has likely been working on it for much longer.

Still, the short preview period is a bit unusual. Windows 8 itself spent two months as a Release Preview before Microsoft released it to manufacturing, but there was a Consumer Preview three months before that, and developers had hands-on access to the OS for more than a year before the final version shipped.

Obviously, Windows 8.1 isn't as dramatic an upgrade as the leap from Windows 7 to Windows 8. It's significant enough to warrant a version-number hike, however, and businesses will presumably want time to test out its new enterprise features.

But the compressed schedule is in keeping with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's new "rapid release" mantra. At Build, Ballmer told customers that short upgrade cycles will be "the new norm" for Redmond, and some analysts believe we should expect a new upgrade on the level of Windows 8.1 every year from now on.

Reller also used her WPC keynote to talk up Windows 8's sales figures, which so far haven't impressed OEMs and resellers. She reiterated Microsoft's claim that it has sold 100 million Windows 8 licenses, and added that it now has more than 20 million "enterprise evaluations." What's more, she said, customers have now used Windows 8 for more than 60 billion hours.

To keep that momentum going, Reller said Microsoft is launching new programs aimed at getting developers and resellers on board with Windows 8, including a "User Experience Design Competency" training program for designers, plus a program called TouchWins that offers distributors and resellers incentives to carry Windows 8 PCs and tablets with touchscreens.

Soon the final version of Windows 8.1 will be released to hardware manufacturers.

Source:http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/08/windows_8_1_rtm_in_august/


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 PostPost subject: Re: Microsoft to ship Windows 8.1 in 'late August'        Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:08 pm 
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Good news, but that is when the RTM is released.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Microsoft to ship Windows 8.1 in 'late August'        Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:13 pm 
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They said that this time there won't be the usual delay between RTM and GA...


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 PostPost subject: Re: Microsoft to ship Windows 8.1 in 'late August'        Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:02 pm 
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DeFacto wrote:
They said that this time there won't be the usual delay between RTM and GA...
Straight from the article itself...
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WPC 2013 The Windows 8.1 Preview is barely two weeks old, but Microsoft's Windows boss Tami Reller says the final version of the update will be ready to ship to manufacturers in just a few more weeks' time.

Speaking at Redmond's annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Houston, Texas on Monday, Reller announced that the RTM version of Windows 8.1 would be made available to Microsoft's OEM partners in "late August."

That release schedule should give OEMs plenty of opportunity to ready devices to ship with Windows 8.1 preinstalled in time for the holidays, Reller said.
In other words, it looks like August will be when it is released to manufacturing, and that it will be made available to the public later this year.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Microsoft to ship Windows 8.1 in 'late August'        Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:27 pm 
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The information in the article doesn't make DeFacto's post wrong, in fact, I have heard the same, the public, or at least MSDN/TechNet/Volume Licencing Partners would get the RTM at the same time or very shortly after OEMs.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Microsoft to ship Windows 8.1 in 'late August'        Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:47 am 
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The information in the article doesn't make DeFacto's post wrong, in fact, I have heard the same, the public, or at least MSDN/TechNet/Volume Licencing Partners would get the RTM at the same time or very shortly after OEMs.
Actually, he was referring to general availability...
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They said that this time there won't be the usual delay between RTM and GA...
"MSDN/TechNet/Volume Licensing Partners" does not qualify as "general availability". Infact, for Windows 8, MSDN subscribers received the final product in August 2012, yet that still doesn't change the fact that Windows 8 was released to the public on October 26th that year.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Microsoft to ship Windows 8.1 in 'late August'        Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:17 am 
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Oh I was talking about GA too, I just wasn't entirely sure.
"the public, or at least MSDN/TechNet/Volume Licencing Partners would get the RTM..."

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