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Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Milestones

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August the 1st marked a important day for academic institutions wishing to use/teach Windows 8 in the next academic session.

Windows 8 reached Release to Manufacturing, Windows 8 is now being issued to all PC OEM and manufacturing partners.

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  • August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions and DreamSpark Premium for institutional administrators
  • 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: Education institutions 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.
  • August 25th - 31st: Students will be able to download these via DreamSpark Premium institutional ELMS stores
  • September 1st: Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers and Academic License Resellers.

So over the next few days/weeks you will see the availability of exciting new models of PCs loaded with Windows 8 and online availability of Windows 8 on October 26, 2012.

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Developers can visit the Windows Dev Center to get access to all the tools and resources they need to design, build, and sell apps in the Windows Store. While all apps during the preview phases were free, at RTM developers can begin charging for apps, so those with access to RTM bits will begin to see paid apps appear in the Windows Store.

Also, Windows Server 2012 has been released to manufacturing.

On September 4.  That’s when Windows Server 2012 will be generally available for evaluation and download by all customers around the world.  On that day we will also host an online launch event where our executives, engineers, customers and partners will share more about how Windows Server 2012 can help organizations of all sizes realize the benefits of what we call the Cloud OS.  You will be able to learn more about the features and capabilities and connect with experts and peers.  You’ll also be able to collect points along the way for the chance to win some amazing prizes. You don’t want to miss it.  Visit this site to save the date for the launch event.

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  • It's August 15th and it is not available on DreamSpark Premium.

  • “Microsoft didn’t announce what time the images would start showing showing in the downloads section, but we’re guessing it will be around 9AM PDT (12PM EST, 1600 UTC) which is when Microsoft HQ in Redmond starts a new day.”

    SO relax and check the clock

  • It's 12PM and it is not available on DreamSpark Premium.

  • Same here, i'm still waiting for download link at DreamSpark -.-

  • Unfortunately it is still not available on Dreamspark Premium.

    Only on MSDN and Technet :(

  • still no on dreamspark and dreamspark website is falling apart

  • Hey, what's with DreamSpark Premium users? :) There's only Consumer and Release preview :)

  • Lee, can you give us a estimate for when Windows 8 will be available via DreamSpark Premium? MSDN/TechNet subscribers have access but not DreamSpark, despite you putting it on the schedule.

  • Its not available it now .....I have two dream spark premium account ,1 from IEEE and from my uni..but nothing shows up..but its available on msdn and technet

  • DreamSpark Premium website is falling apart, lagging...

    Are you guys sure that Windows 8 is going to be available on DreamSpark too? At the moment it seems like it's only gonna on MSDN.

    Don't want to wait ages here.

  • Guys there is also a 90 Day Trial Version if u cannot wait ;)

  • August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions and DreamSpark Premium

    see, DreamSpark.

  • Hi! Germany is calling. It is already 10:30pm here. So please I need a statement! When will it be available for Dreamspark Premium Students? I wouldn't be that hard to tell us.

  • Hi thanks for the comments

    Institution Admins can now get access to Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 from the DreamSpark Admin/MSDN subscriber portal.

    This will allow them to start planning and preparing to install Windows 8 and Visual Studio on institutional labs over the summer vacation period in preparation for the next academic year.

    In terms of general availability to students via and ELMS DreamSpark Premium. This will be made available around 25th of August and no later than end of month.

    Students who are NOT presently at a institution or simply on summer vacation can download and install a 90 day evaluation version from

  • If your telling me it's on their show me proof

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