Today, I learned that select ‘friendly’ people of the Microsoft world have got their hands on the RTM build of Windows 8. I hope to get my hands on this sometime today and have it installed by end of day to share with you all my thoughts of this long awaited OS from Microsoft; I may even demo it on Google+ Hangouts.

Starting on October 26th you will be able to get Windows 8 either by upgrading for $39.99 or on a new PC or device. And if you buy an eligible Windows 7 PC today, you will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 (U.S.) through the Windows Upgrade Offer

Here is some important info I’d like to also share regarding Windows 8* Note, not all programs are mentioned, but they are arriving soon.

August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions.
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: Customers 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.
September 1st: Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers.