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Microsoft: Windows 8 is ready, goes RTM

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Microsoft on Wednesday announced that the eagerly-anticipated Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing, or RTM. This milestone, the final step prior to the general availability of a software product, means that Microsoft now considers Windows 8 to be ready for primetime. RTM builds are what is sent to original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, partners to be installed onto new PCs and tablets, which will be available for sale Oct. 26.

"Windows 8 has literally thousands of new features," writes Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) in a blog post. "We did a record number of blogs posts (and videos) and did not even come close to covering the full breadth of Windows 8."

Windows 8 has also received praise from at least one security researcher for its enhanced security. A senior security researcher praised the improved heap memory manager in Windows 8, and noted how it "definitely raises the bar and makes things harder to exploit." Moreover, Windows 8 include new protective mechanisms that are enabled by default for all applications.

For now, it's worth noting that developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via their MSDN subscriptions beginning Aug. 15 and IT professionals can do the same through TechNet. A day later on Aug. 16, customers under existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC). Microsoft Partner Network members will also have access to Windows 8 on this day.

For more:
- check out this article at Building Windows 8

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