Subscribers to Microsoft’s MSDN and TechNet services have been lucky in the sense that they get early access to the latest software products from the company compared to general audience.
But now it seems that these subscribers may have to wait a while before they can get their hands on the RTM version of Windows 8.1.
Microsoft has already announced its plans to hand off the RTM build of the new operating system to OEMs sometime in late August — in other words, in just a week or so. And the various leaked builds that have surfaced recently are a sign that the company is inching closer to this milestone.
And traditionally, the technology titan has allowed subscribers to its MSDN and TechNet services an early access to the next version of Windows before it is released to general public.
Windows 8, for example, hit RTM stage on August 1, 2012. And it was available on the MSDN and TechNet channels two weeks later on August 15. But Mary Jo Foley is reporting that Redmond may try to shuffle things a bit and go in with a different strategy this time around.
In fact, it may hold off offering Windows 8.1 to everyone until the middle of October. Late October has traditionally been the launch window (pun always intended) of previous versions of Windows.
It is speculated that such a strategy will not only allow Microsoft a chance to iron out some bugs between the time the operating system hits RTM status and when it is generally available.
It will also keep interest levels at high, as technology enthusiasts may not get a chance to play with the operating system a month or so before release.
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