It's Official: Windows 8 RTM Scheduled for August
Microsoft's currently holding its annual Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, Canada and the company today revealed some important Windows 8 milestones with partners at WPC. Speaking to thousands of partners from around the world, Windows Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer Tami Reller confirmed that Windows 8 is on track to hit Release to Manufacturing (RTM) the first week of August. Reller also confirmed that the OS will reach general availability by the end of October.
Though we sort of already knew Windows 8 was scheduled for launch in October, details of when the OS would hit RTM are new. Additionally, Microsoft says enterprise customers with Software Assurance benefits will have full access to Windows 8 bits as early as August. Reller also noted that RTM is when the company will be turning on the commerce platform so developers can start earning money for their apps, and promised details on the Windows Store for developers blog soon. All apps are still free for people to try with the Windows 8 Release Preview.
Windows 8 will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide.