Microsoft has officially confirmed that Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM) with the final build of 9200. The company outlined when the OS will be available to various channels, the biggest being MSDN on August 15th.
- August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions.
- August 15th: IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through your TechNet subscriptions.
- August 16th: Customers with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), allowing you to test, pilot and begin adopting Windows 8 Enterprise within your organization.
- August 16th: Microsoft Partner Network members will have access to Windows 8.
- August 20th: Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS) receive access to Windows 8.
- September 1st: Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers.
This now gives developers a final locked RTM to test and evaluate software before the general availability date of October 26th. This also means the Windows Store is open to accept paid applications.
On August 15th, developers can visit the Windows Dev Center to get the tools and resources needed as well as the final build of Visual Studio 2012.
Windows 8 Pro will be available from an upgrade price of $39.99 or with the purchase of a new PC. If you were to buy an eligible Windows 7 PC today, you have the option of upgrading to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 after release.
Microsoft has today announced the beta of a new free e-mail service called Outlook.com. The design of the interface takes design features from the Windows 8 Mail app and Outlook 2013. This new interface is to be a fresh and clean functioning design that will also be touch-friendly and adhere to privacy concerns as well as be accessible from any device.
Boldly listen to narration of the Mars landing like no one has done before. Touchdown of Curiosity is scheduled for August 6th at 1:31 a.m. EDT. NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover will make one of the most complex and dangerous landings ever attempted by a spacecraft. Previous versions of spacecrafts have used airbag type landings but due to the immense size of Curiosity it is using a multi-stage landing in its seven minutes of terror. To help make the public aware of this mission, NASA has produced two videos to inform the world about the mission, narrated by William Shatner and Wil Wheaton. Both videos are the same, just the narrators differ. You decide TOS or TNG.
|A giant landslide on Iapetus stretches halfway across a 75-mile (120 km) crater. CREDIT: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute|
Scientists are hoping that long landslides visible on Saturn's moon Iapetus may provide clues to understand similar movements here on Earth, in particular how earthquake fault lines often slip farther than expected. Scientists have concluded that flash heating could cause the falling ice to move 10 to 15 times farther than expected.
Previously there was the super expensive relic Stadium Events from the Nintendo Entertainment system. Well move over and make room for a US prototype of The Legend of Zelda for $150,000. eBay seller tjcurtin1 has a Nintendo of America prototype that is dated "2-23-87" along with a retail release copy that is still sealed.
The cloud gaming platform OnLive will be coming to the Kickstarter-Funded console Ouya in 2013 when Ouya debuts, according to both companies. In a post on the OnLive official blog today, OnLive general manager Bruce Grove stated that OnLive would be available on Ouya when the console hits the market in March of 2013.