Big day ladies and gentlemen! Windows 8 development is complete!

This is a huge milestone and accomplishment for the Microsoft team and I have to take my hat off to them. They said they were going to do it and it’s done!

The final build is 9200.16384.win8_rtm.120725-1247 and Microsoft says MSDN and TechNet customers will be able to download it from August 15th.

Microsoft Software Assurance customers will get the RTM bits on August 16th, and Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers on September 1st.

Here’s what Steven Sinofsky had to say:

Today marks an important milestone in the Windows 8 project. The Windows 8 team is proud to share with you that a short while ago we started releasing Windows 8 to PC OEM and manufacturing partners. This means our next milestone will be the availability of exciting new models of PCs loaded with Windows 8 and online availability of Windows 8 on October 26, 2012.

Back when we first demonstrated Windows 8 in May 2011, we described it as “reimagining Windows, from the chipset to the experience,” and that is what Windows 8 (and Windows RT) represents for both Microsoft and partners. The collective work: from the silicon, to the user experience, to new apps, has been an incredibly collaborative effort. Together we are bringing to customers a new PC experience that readies Windows PCs for a new world of scenarios and experiences, while also preserving an industry-wide 25-year investment in Windows software.

We continue to be sincerely humbled by the breadth of participation in our pre-release testing. The previews of Windows 8 (Developer, Consumer, Release) have been the most widely and deeply used test releases of any product we have ever done. Over 16 million PCs actively participated in these programs, including approximately 7 million on the Release Preview that started 8 weeks ago. The depth and breadth of testing validate the readiness of Windows 8 for the market.

The openness of the previews presents a unique perspective on product development, and we’re deeply committed to the transparency of the preview process. No product used by so many people in so many different ways is developed “out in the open” like Windows 8 has been. This blog, the forums, and the preview releases form an important part of the development process. Major changes have been made at each milestone and as we promised, the final release (build 9200, for those tracking) contains many promised refinements. We are humbled by the responsibility of meeting the needs of such a diverse set of customers and enthused by the deep level of participation in the pre-release process.

While we have reached our RTM milestone, no software project is ever really “done.” We will continue to monitor and act on your real world experiences with Windows 8—we’ve used the preview process to test out our servicing and we have every intent of doing a great job on this next important phase of the product. Hardware partners will continue to provide new devices and improve support for existing devices. PC makers no doubt have quite a bit in store for all of us as they begin to show off PCs specifically designed for Windows 8.

With improvements in fundamentals, enhanced storage and connectivity, newly architected subsystems, the “fast and fluid” user experience, and the WinRT platform (to name a few), Windows 8 has literally thousands of new features. We did a record number of blogs posts (and videos) and did not even come close to covering the full breadth of Windows 8. There’s much left to learn about and discover in the product.

Some of the most exciting innovations with Windows 8 are yet to come—the innovations from developers building apps on the new WinRT platform. Today, the Store is open for business and we’ll rapidly expand to over 200 markets around the world. The opportunity for developers around the world to deliver innovative (and profitable) apps is unique with Windows 8. We’re excited to see the work developers will be bringing to Windows 8. We’ll also have a chance to talk more about the Windows 8 platform at the next BUILD conference recently announced.

We know there are lots of questions about how to get Windows 8 and when, and of course more questions to come about exploring and using the full set of thousands of Windows 8 features. Our Windows Team Blog today has posted a lot of new information and gathered up some important details that we hope will answer your questions. Please check our blog and stay in touch on the in-market developments of Windows 8 there.

On behalf of the Windows 8 engineering team, we want to thank you very much for your contributions throughout development and your contributions yet to come to Windows 8. THANK YOU!

Next stop, October 26, 2012 and General Availability!

–The Windows 8 team

Very impressive.

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  • voleheart

    so the public/non MSDN will not get RTM??

    • Onuora Amobi

      No the public will have to wait until October 26th.

      • voleheart

        will the apps released for windows rtm be available to windows 8 release preview customers oh great wise one?

        • Onuora Amobi

          That’s a great question. I need to get back to you on that one. I want to say yes but just not sure…

        • Onuora Amobi

          I stand corrected.

          Seems the store is open and ready for business…

          • voleheart

            thank you so much Onuora. I kind of rely on your website for news and stuff. I assure you that I will beat you in app reviews because I have a head start. Sadly i do not have any touch hardware.

  • Daniel Gray

    I will be downloading the VLK version on the 15th (Volume Licensing Key) as I have about six computers I need to put this on. Now as far as I have been able to see, this is backwords compliant. So if your programs ran on XP/Vista/7, they will run on 8. Let me rephrase that a tad, the programs I have so far have had no trouble running on Windows 8 trial I got through the MS Tech account, I wont say ALL programs should run, just that seemingly most of them should. Not too happy with the new GUI as this is gonna take some getting used to, more so then the change from XP to 7 as everything is moved around and some of the items we used, like the program list; are a lot more difficult to locate but they are there. The thing that someone is going to hack and replace is the start tab. MS yet again refused to listen to the testers and the people and took out the start tab. But as I said I fully expect someone to figure out a way to put it back. I tested this against about 100 scripts and viruses and hacks to see if they would work and much to a very nice shock, not one of them worked. And this went from the kiddie scripts right up to the Windows Anti Virus virus out in the wild. So maybe MS actually listened to the testers and people in this regard and made it very much more difficult for people to write viruses and scripts for this? Or made it so that to write a virus or script for this you need much more then a simple home computer? Time will tell. Other then this on a scale of 1-10, I give Windows 8 an 8.5 rating. Not the best but then again much better then past OS’s

  • Nirmal Advani

    Good work, I like it,