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Windows 8 Now Ready for MSDN, TechNet Subscribers

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Hear that? It's the sound of a bell ringing as developers and IT professions dart out the gate, racing nose to nose to download their copy of Windows 8. Based on current reviews, there may be no need to rush.

Microsoft's new Windows 8 platform is now up for grabs for developers and IT professionals subscribed to MSDN and TechNet. The OS went RTM back on August 1, essentially "going gold" and made available to OEMs ready to add the new OS to their portfolio of gadgets. This final build sports features not available in the Release Preview that went public back in May 2012, but so far there are reports that it surprisingly isn't much different.

"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," said Steven Sinofsky in a blog during the RTM announcement. "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."

Ars Technica reports that the RTM should be available to subscribers by 10am PDT although there may be delays as bits make their way across the Web to Microsoft's various servers. There are also a number of hands-on reviews already hitting the news stream provided by the likes of Gizmodo (incredibly innovative, incredible important, not quiet incredible), Engadget, InfoWorld (yes, it's that bad), Computerworld (still a two-headed beast), CNN Money (makes you re-learn how to use PC), PCWorld and many others.

"Sometimes engineering achievements are appreciated only by the engineers," reports InfoWorld. "From the user's standpoint, Windows 8 is a failure -- an awkward mishmash that pulls the user in two directions at once. Users attracted to the new touch-friendly Metro GUI will dislike the old touch-hostile desktop underneath. By the same token, users who rely on the traditional Windows desktop will dislike having to navigate Metro to find settings and apps they intuitively locate in Windows 7. Microsoft has moved the cheese."

"With the intersection of PC and tablet interface in Windows 8, Microsoft hasn't just made a gamble on its Metro interface catching on; it's introduced a whole new set of variables to an overwhelming frontrunner," reports Gizmodo."It's like Usain Bolt going home and training to run the 100m while playing the bagpipes. The degree of difficulty is staggering. The ambition behind it admirable. And the execution? Not half bad. But not quite there yet, either."

id Software's John Carmack said he saw no reason to jump on the Windows 8 bandwagon just yet, and he may be right. Microsoft will likely make additional improvements to the OS via updates before it goes retail at the end of October.

 

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    nocteratus , August 15, 2012 10:21 PM
    It's time to connect to technet and download Win 8 for some testing
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    opmopadop , August 16, 2012 12:52 AM
    bllueI'm curious if these "professionals" have used Windows 8 longer than a day.

    I cant really speak for the "professionals" but when I got access to the Developer Preview I had trouble with finding drivers that worked on my machines. Today I have had success finding raid drivers so I can install it on a more serious test bench instead of stuck testing on a laptop with no compatible video drivers. Now the real fun begins.
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    belardo , August 15, 2012 10:19 PM
    Burn Windows R8PE, BURN!

  • 13 Hide
    nocteratus , August 15, 2012 10:21 PM
    It's time to connect to technet and download Win 8 for some testing
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    opmopadop , August 15, 2012 10:43 PM
    I must admit the more I use it the more I like it. I am finding it a little difficult to not open the 'Metro' screen while remoting on to a server and clicking its start button... I guess it will all come out in the wash, but for now its shiny and new.
  • 3 Hide
    jupiter optimus maximus , August 15, 2012 11:23 PM
    Failure or not, i am not going to 'upgrade' for something that is half done.
  • 5 Hide
    killerclick , August 15, 2012 11:39 PM
    Yeah, Windows 7 until 2020 and then who knows. Maybe Windows 9 will do the UI integration right.
  • 3 Hide
    phamhlam , August 16, 2012 12:18 AM
    It is a bummer MSDNAA (Dreamspark Premium) users have to wait till Aug. 25th-31st.
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    bllue , August 16, 2012 12:26 AM
    I'm curious if these "professionals" have used Windows 8 longer than a day. The way they talk about it makes them sound like clueless children who are complaining about how they can't use it even though they just received it.
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    opmopadop , August 16, 2012 12:52 AM
    bllueI'm curious if these "professionals" have used Windows 8 longer than a day.

    I cant really speak for the "professionals" but when I got access to the Developer Preview I had trouble with finding drivers that worked on my machines. Today I have had success finding raid drivers so I can install it on a more serious test bench instead of stuck testing on a laptop with no compatible video drivers. Now the real fun begins.
  • 3 Hide
    jdwii , August 16, 2012 1:39 AM
    Great now i can get windows 8 for free, Wait why is that great?
  • 4 Hide
    mcd023 , August 16, 2012 2:01 AM
    opmopadopI cant really speak for the "professionals" but when I got access to the Developer Preview I had trouble with finding drivers that worked on my machines. Today I have had success finding raid drivers so I can install it on a more serious test bench instead of stuck testing on a laptop with no compatible video drivers. Now the real fun begins.

    Please post somewhere!
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    belardo , August 16, 2012 2:03 AM
    bllueI'm curious if these "professionals" have used Windows 8 longer than a day.
    I have Windows R8PE on a dedicated notebook with a Core2 Duo CPU / 667Mhz DDR2 memory with a typical 5400RPM 2.5" notebook drive.

    Windows 8 runs smooth, it boots up in 15 seconds (past POST) which is faster than my Quad with an SSD. Its quite impressive. The tweaks to the desktop are quite nice - except for the metroized- desktop interface design. The UI design in 8440 is perfect, IMHO.

    But metro makes it all not worth it. Otherwise I would jump all over this $40 upgrade version.

    Oh well. When I move to Linux, it'll be free.
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    belardo , August 16, 2012 2:10 AM
    I have no problems running Windows R8PE. I run it full time on an old 5+ year old notebook with Core2Duo (2.0Ghz) 667Mhz DDR2 memory and typical 5400RPM HD. Its rock solid stable, I'm not having any driver or software issues so far. Everything works, its slick. Boot time after POST is 14~15 seconds with my stop-watch. WOW! My Intel Quadcore with an SSD takes a bit longer with Windows 7.

    I'm impressed! The tweaked features are all good. Only the flattened UI elements are ugly, unlike the very nice tweak in the Win8 8440 RP version. UGH!

    Metro makes none of these things improvements worth using the OS as a whole.

    Oh well.
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    CaedenV , August 16, 2012 2:25 AM
    phamhlamIt is a bummer MSDNAA (Dreamspark Premium) users have to wait till Aug. 25th-31st.

    it is a free download from the MSDN website... literally anyone can go get it and there is no product key (just a "I will kill your computer in x days" counter in the corner).
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    CaedenV , August 16, 2012 2:42 AM
    So I have been playing with it all afternoon at work and showing it to some of the volunteers. Just about everyone said the same 3 things:
    1) If I was not already similar with windows shortcut keys I would be totally lost
    2) I like the idea of the new UI, but it will take a lot of getting use to
    3) It's damn fast!

    it is loaded on a C2Duo 1.8GHz with 2GB of ram and an old 80GB HDD we had laying around, integrated graphics, nothing special. I can't wait to play with it on a real machine at home (i7 with 16GB of ram... soon to have RAID0 SSDs woot :D ), as well as my old little netbook with it's 1GB of ram and duel core Atom CPU and see how that runs (likely no different than the CP did).

    My own impressions (note that I actually like the idea of the new interface, but just thought it needed improvement):
    1) Much improved on keys/mouse input support, while it could still be better it is at least now usable
    2) It feels faster than CP, but most of my expierence with CP was on a netbook, so that may just be the difference between CPUs
    3) Thought I would miss Aero, and while I do a little, I would be lying if I said the new desktop was 'bad'
    4) A few WTH moments trying to find where they moved some settings... seriously, why move things? we knew where they were before.
    5) Stoked that Minesweeper is back! lol at the fact that minesweeper now gets product updates... I mean that is just sad.
    6) IE10 sucks even less now that it nears a final build, but still not winning my business back from Chrome or FF
    7) Office 2013 looks much more at home on win8 than it did on win7; still think I will stick with my old copy of office 2007
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    opmopadop , August 16, 2012 2:46 AM
    mcd023Please post somewhere!

    If your using AMDs S700 for chipset and/or RAID (claims to work for newer), try these and good luck :
    http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Pages/raid_windows.aspx
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    nitrium , August 16, 2012 5:28 AM
    I have installed Win8 on my super crappy 2007 Atom netbook (1.6 GHz). I was somewhat surprised that I didn't need to DL a single driver. Everything worked right from the get go, with literally ZERO configuration(!). Win7 Basic is definitely lighter than Win8 (Win8 IS however lighter than Win7 Aero), as evidenced by the battery life of the netbook which is shorter now than it was with Win7 Basic. The Metro UI doesn't bother me much, since I just stick to the desktop (and use sleep, as opposed to power off), and on a netbook I only use a handful of apps which you can just pin to the taskbar as per usual. All in all, I'm finding Win8 a giant leap sideways. I'd say take it or leave it at this stage.
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    SteelCity1981 , August 16, 2012 9:19 AM
    Great so they didn't fix the navigation in the Modern UI for desktops and notebooks where you have to jam your mouse or touchpad into the bottom corner screen just so the navigation arrows appear so that you can scroll to get to things. No programs menu tab to get to your programs without having to go through the apps. No shut menu tab without having to jam your mouse or touchpad down in the corner first to wait until settings appear to then be able to get to the shut down menu. No way of booting right into the Windows desktop without having to go through Modern UI and no shortcut to get back to the Mordern UI without jaming your mouse or keyboard again at the lower corner of the desktop until the Modern UI window appears. So how is Windows 8 easier to use and takes shorter time to find things when you have to take 3 extra steps just to get to something in that you didn't have to do in Windows 7/Vista/XP/9x?????
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    Anonymous , August 16, 2012 11:51 AM
    "Classic Shell" google it. Nough Said.
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    marthisdil , August 16, 2012 12:11 PM
    jupiter optimus maximusFailure or not, i am not going to 'upgrade' for something that is half done.

    Guess that means you'll never use an OS - because none of them release to date were "done" at release.

    So, how's DOS 1.0 treating you?
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    belardo , August 16, 2012 1:45 PM
    Squeeks - When you buy a new car, it should come with tires off the lot.
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