Windows 8 arrives for TechNet & MSDN subscribers, 90-day trial available to all

By on August 15, 2012, 5:30 PM

The final, RTM build of Windows 8 is now officially available to download for MSDN and TechNet subscribers after being made available on torrent sites earlier this month. This is the same code that will be available to the general public on October 26 as an upgrade or with new Windows 8 PCs. Microsoft Software Assurance customers will get the RTM tomorrow, and Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers on September 1.

If you are feeling a little impatient, Microsoft is also offering a 90-day trial edition of Windows 8 Enterprise. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available to anyone for free as ISO images in several languages. We should note, however, that this evaluation edition cannot be upgraded to the full retail version when the 90-day period expires -- your best bet is to configure a Windows 8 virtual machine or install it on a separate partition.

Windows 8 Enterprise includes all the features of Windows 8 Pro, plus a few business-focused options like Windows To Go, DirectAccess, BranchCache, and RemoteFX virtualization.

The final code is almost the same as the Consumer Preview released in June but there are a few notable changes, including more customization options for the Start Screen, no more Aero, new Bing and People apps, and some minor improvements under the hood. Microsoft also launched a final version of its Windows Store today and opened it to developers so they can start working on Windows 8 style (not Metro) apps.

We’ve posted some fresh performance numbers comparing Windows 8 with its Windows 7 sibling, covering boot up and shutdown times, file copying, encoding, browsing, gaming and some synthetic benchmarks.




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Cota Cota said:

Also giving away a pack off bamboo splints, hahaha *sarcasm ends*

mevans336 mevans336 said:

The 90-day trial cannot be upgraded to a full version? Damn you, smart pirates.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

If you are feeling a little impatient, Microsoft is also offering a 90-day trial edition of Windows 8 Enterprise. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available to anyone for free as ISO images in several languages. We should note, however, that this evaluation edition cannot be upgraded to the full retail version when the 90-day period expires -- your best bet is to configure a Windows 8 virtual machine or install it on a separate partition.
Am I to understand the 90 day trial cannot be activated, by inserting an activation key at the end of the trial period?

Tanstar said:

Anyone know if Win8 will run on a 2-3 year old netbook? I know Win7 works on netbooks, but Win8 at $40 is a much cheaper alternative.

Techpriest Techpriest said:

Anyone know if Win8 will run on a 2-3 year old netbook? I know Win7 works on netbooks, but Win8 at $40 is a much cheaper alternative.

Been running the Consumer Preview on an HP Mini Netbook of about that age. Runs every bit as well as 7 does. The Metro (sorry MS, the rest of us are going to keep calling it that) interface works very well with my 10 inch screen, just need to remember to stop trying to touch it. I am trying to download the trial now to load on it but the site keeps going down. Guess I am not the only one trying to get it.

Guest said:

Anybody have any idea what that means? Bamboo splints? Huh?

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