Windows 8 RTM: Things You Need to Know
Windows 8 RTM Version Released for Developers and Hardware Manufacturers
Microsoft has finalized Windows 8 and launched RTM version for developers, hardware manufacturers and IT pros. But it doesn’t mean that you can buy Windows 8 right now, well you’ll be able to buy or download Windows 8 beta after its official release on October 26. The release of Windows 8 RTM version indicates that no further changes will be added to the OS. There certain things you should known about Windows 8 RTM and are discussed in detail below.
Is there anything new in Windows 8 RTM?
Microsoft has finally said good bye to Aero interface and they have added numerous background patterns in the final version of Windows 8. Beside this they have provide some more desktop features such as File History back-up application, Photo Gallery and several updates for Movie Maker. According to Engadget, Microsoft has provided Bing app which display search results in horizontally-scrolling list of tiles.
Note: This search app is different from Windows 8 search which look in to local apps and files.
Can I Access Windows 8 RTM?
Currently Windows 8 RTM is available to third-party developers via Microsoft Developers Network and IT professionals can get hold of it via TechNet in order to perform evaluation, other than this Windows 8 final version is provided to devices markers so they can get their Windows 8 PCs ready by October 26th. In next few weeks it will be available to Microsoft Partners and other companies who are associated with volume licensing and reselling. From Oct. 26th users will be able to upgrade their PCs to Windows 8 in just $40.
Can I Get Windows 8 Trial Version?
Microsoft is currently providing Windows 8 Enterprise version on 90 days trail basis, this trail version contain all the features of finalized Windows 8, and in addition to that it have several options for IT Pros. This version is not released for consumers and there is no way you can upgrade trail version, also Microsoft is not providing any technical support for trial version. You can download Windows 8 beta trail version or you can check Windows 8 Release Preview (It doesn’t contain all the features of finalized version).
Windows 8 RTM Reviews
Microsoft has provided limited copies of Windows 8 RTM to press, including PCworld, so here are some reviews about Windows 8 RTM.
Computerworld’s Preston Gralla said
“Windows 8 is an “excellent operating system” for tablets, but that it “doesn’t work nearly so well” for desktops”.
Lloyd Case from PCworld is not much bothered about the interface as he said,
“The user interface is easier to navigate than I’d feared, and the whole affair seems to hang together pretty well”.
Well, right now it’s too early to provide in depth reviews about Windows 8 RTM as it not yet officially launched but a real test will be implicated when Microsoft’s Surface Tablet will be released.