You can set your clock by these Windows 8 Milestones

The following milestones have been set by Microsoft for the availability of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 and so far, the timelines have been spot on.

Windows 8

  • August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptionsand 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.



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