It’s official, we have a better idea about Windows 8 RTM and the Windows 8 Release Date.

Speaking at the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Canada, Microsoft’s Tami Reller has announced that Windows 8 will be Released to Manufacturing (RTM) in the first week on August.

In addition, Microsoft  will release the final copies of Windows 8 to retail stores (General Availability) in late October 2012.

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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  • Ezekiel Carsella

    better than November. I see a socialite and ebay app on that Series 7 though. 

  • Kgamemastr

    thats alsome cant wait !! 

  • ITchappie

    its a non event.  the win8 junkies will be excited, claiming its the next big thing, but looking at what win8 does and the changes, I’d say its a dead duck already. Most of the big industry hitters are saying its a miss, wait for 9,  and since everyone is only just moving up to 7, why bother with 8? In a business network, it means training costs for the users! really, will anyone bother. I doubt it.  Its another Vista, it will be ignored/passed over, on the way to Win9. 

    • WillyThePooh

      Oh! You spent time to respond and that means you really care about Win8 deep in your heart.

    • Rex

      You seem to have done a lot of research. Unfortunately you gathered all the wrong data. Windows 8 is contentious, no doubt about it. The benefits from 7 are truly there, but not at the level they are from previous versions. If you have Vista, you would be silly not to pay the 40$ upgrade, just tacked on a couple more years of life onto an old machine for me. If you use XP and your machine can handle 8, you would be outtright stupid not to upgrade (no more 15 minute startup times!). If you are a 7 user, you might want to try to see if the differences meet your taste to justify the increased performance. Dont doggedly believe the bad reviews. I and many like me have found it is very imporant to keep an open mind. Leave your expectations of what Windows should be at the door if you try it. The old way of doing things is gone. If you can kick the old habits, and get used to quick shortcuts. Everything you could do before is either as fast or faster. Plus you get a whole new environment to play in with apps that show how much things have changed.

    • belcher

      ITchappie — I would agree with you in terms of non-event for corporate users… 7 is stable, scaleable, etc. Only thing 8 brings is better touch screen integration, which for most is a non-issue. I will say however being a huge iPad fan myself from the first release… Windows 8 on the right box is quantifiably better than the iPad. Biggest drawbacks that I see from a samsung slate 7 —

      1. Battery life like a computer (not ipad)
      2. Initial investment (about $300-400 more for the hardware .. definitely worth it)
      3. No onboard cellular carrier (24/7 connectivity)

      • Ezekiel Carsella

        let’s say the 64GB Asus tablet 810 with 8 hours of tablet battery life and 16+ hours with included dock battery life overall and a 11.6 inch screen for $599 and has an active digitizer and a GPS and a NFC chip what beats that?

  • Douglas Boehme

    I’m sure this has been answered elsewhere, I just can’t find it – will the RTM version essentially act like a release and be upgradeable (via updates, etc) or is that only the version in October?  I assume RTM will act like a very early “final” version.

    • Onuora Amobi

      RTM goes to Manufacturers and not the public (August). General Availability is hitting the stores for purchase (October).

      • Douglas Boehme

        Thankfully I have Technet which is projected to get the RTM in August.

  • darkpr0fit

    And all the groupies, byteheads and windows nerds will be waiting at the front door. The rest of us could care less.

    • WillyThePooh

      So true to the iSheep as well.

  • Johndover5591

    I got a question, how to I get the $40 deal. When do I take action, and what qualifies. I am really confused.

    • Johndover5591

       I mean the $40 dollar deal for beta testers, for the ultimate version of windows 8.

  • xinu

    great news.

    p.s. I like the new wordpress theme. ( Could you please update disqus to the latest version, thanks).

    • Onuora Amobi

      I keep trying and it keeps breaking in Internet Explorer. I will try again…

      • Michael

        DisCus always seams to 
        1) slow down the site using it, especially loading! 

        2) It ignores carriage returns (press Enter is waste of time). So you format your reply so it is in nice little paragraphs, but when you post it, the message is just one big blob of words – VERY annoying.

        Perhaps there is a better alternative out ther

      • xinu

        Much much much better, thanks.

    • Onuora Amobi


      You like this better?

  • Michael

    Erm the Beta wil be out late February 2012 – It is now mid July 2012!

    • MrJohnCool

      The Beta was already out if you didn’t download it.

  • Jeanie-Marie

    No big deal on this flop–8 is fubar )-:

  • MrJohnCool

    Windows 8 is a FLOP and bad idea. Don’t force everyone to go to what looks like a Tablet Only based OS. I feel Windows 8 shouldn’t be release or rethought out. The Start Menu Removal is a BAD IDEA. Windows 7 Works perfectly fine leave it and don’t change much except adding back Media Player. Microsoft Start Learning from your mistakes instead of making more.

  • belcher

    Funny, I found this blog while seeking a domain name for windows 8…. day late, dollar short…Ugh!

  • Tom Mogavero

    where can i download the RTM