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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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  • Hey everyone, we know you're as excited for Windows 8 on DreamSpark Premium as we are. It won’t be here today, but you will be the first to know when we make it available, promise!....


    BTW : On the Hub is the third party which distributes DS-Premium

  • To get it today guess we not important

  • Oh no! Another 2 weeks to wait. I was so happy the 15th finally arrived. I am very sad right now :(   They shouldn't call it "Dream Today, Create Tomorrow" it should go like "Dream Today, Create 2 weeks later"

    Just bought new ssd and made all preperations and now the only thing I can do is set up win8 90-day evaluation copy, just to set the whole system up again in 2 weeks. Just Great!  Greetings from Germany

  • .. oh and just one more thing came up in my mind. Will we students get Visual Studio 2012 at the same time with Windows 8 Pro or later/earlier on DreamSpark Premium?

  • -> Tim - I think there's visual studio ready same as W8, so it depends on the institution Admin... :/

  • can the evaluation copy be expanded with an original win8 key?

  • Nope! You have to install it all over again... that's why I am so unhappy that we have to wait another 2 weeks for the dreamspark release.

  • All the literature said Dreamspark Premium customers would get this on the 15th and better yet, alot of it still says that the Dreamspark Premium accounts DO have access to it.

    What's so bad about admitting they made a mistake?

  • Bit of a dissapointment since I'm actually waiting for Server 2012. Guess I'll have to wait a bit longer.

  • Wait....,continue waiting...., and wait 4ever............ :(

  • Students on vacation=a lot of time to be used for testing out/writing new software like Win8 and Modern UI apps... It's a shame they chose to delay the availability by 10 days.

  • Will Visual Studio 2012 also be available for us students in "August 25th - 31st" ?

  • @Lee Scott Can we install msdn version and then enter key when windows 8 be available in 10 days? Is it same SHA?

  • Will regular Dreamspark members be able to get Windows 8?

    It'll be kind of unfair if regular members can't be get a copy.

  • Hi Thanks for the comments

    I just wanted to confirm, what products will be released to DreamSpark and DreamSpark Premium and what the timescale are in regards to the availability.

    Please see the following blog post

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