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Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM). Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions on August 15.
“Release to Manufacturing” means product development and testing of the product is complete and have started handing off the final code to our OEM partners. They can now begin preparing new Windows 8 PCs and devices they’ll introduce starting with General Availability.
For more on RTM, I suggest reading this blog post from Steven Sinofsky on the Building Windows 8 blog.
Windows Server 2012 has been released to manufacturing. That means the final code is complete and we are delivering it to our hardware and software vendor partners this week. We will also make the software available to our volume licensing customers in the next couple of weeks.
Windows Server 2012 will be generally available for evaluation and purchase by all customers around the world on September 4.
So you want to use the same code base and target different user experiences? For example, say you want to use the same business logic to access data in Windows 8, Windows Phone, and your Silverlight or XBox applications. (Or maybe even Android and iPhone using Mono.) In the past, this has meant different libraries for each solution.
How about if you could put all the projects together in one solution and target each user experience?
You can use the new Portable Class Library (PCL) comes with .NET Framework 4.5. A separate project template is available on Visual Studio 2012.