Windows 8 is now available for download on both Technet and MSDN.

4 builds are available on Technet:

Windows 8 Enterprise (x86) – DVD (English)
SHA1: FEFCE3E64FB9EC1CC7977165328890CCC9A10656

Windows 8 Enterprise (x64) – DVD (English)
SHA1: 4EADFE83E736621234C63E8465986F0AF6AA3C82

Windows 8 Pro VL (x86) – DVD (English)
SHA1: 548AB51161FD83B889596B143D86C1EEB61EF2D0

Windows 8 Pro VL (x64) – DVD (English)
SHA1: 6DDEDEBE40AB59CB11823F62F475C43C4053FE60

So why is the actual release going to be in October? How come Microsoft don’t release it right now?

The Verge had an excellent explanation:

At this point, Microsoft has finished the Windows 8 development cycle. So what’s the holdup that we can’t get it until October 26th? After spending a couple of days with the OS, I figured it out — it’s abundantly clear how much work OEMs have to do in the intervening weeks between today and October 26th. Companies need to build drivers, developers need to test and ensure compatibility, and manufacturers need to figure out the best way for their hardware to support the new software. Plus, the Windows Store needs more and better apps if it’s going to be compelling from day one.

…On the one hand, it’s tempting to say “Windows 8 is final, go get it now!” But unless you’re a relentless beta tester willing to endure unusable trackpads, finicky keyboards, and buggy apps, you should wait for October 26th. Developers and manufacturers need that two-month head start, but by the end of October we’re betting Windows 8 will be more than ready.

Here’s some hands on video with Windows 8 RTM.


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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.

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