Overnight, we’ve announced that Windows 8 has reached the ‘Release To Manufacturing’ (RTM) stage. There’s a pile of detail on the Building Windows 8 blog, including details on both the release of Windows 8 and the Windows Store. One of the questions I know you might have is when it means you can get it. Although the full retail release is scheduled for October 26th, Australian education customers will be able to get their hands on the full release version earlier through the subscription programmes, such as our Enrolment for Education Solutions (which is the Microsoft Volume Licence programme that most education customers use in Australia), or subscriptions like MSDN (the Microsoft Developer Network).
The Windows Team Blog has details on the release dates through these schemes:
So most education customers will be able to install the fully released version this month on their existing PCs!