Month: August 2012

Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and many others: a complete and updated overview of their releases and related aspects

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The last couple of days were quite busy: several Windows 8 SKUs, Windows Server 2012 SKUs and other products (like Visual Studio 2012 SKUs) have been released, while many others have been RTM’d (like Windows RT), gotten (new) public test releases (like Windows Server 2012 Essentials) and/or are expected to be released soon (like Windows Phone 8 SDK). I’ve already written 2 articles about it:

Now that we are a few more days full of news/releases/… further, things have become more clear and I’ve found a little bit more time, I thought it was time to write another article which is more complete and updated. So with the start of this new article my previous blog posts are already outdated and not-so-complete anymore. J Read the rest of this entry »

Windows 8 released

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UPDATE: there is a new blog post which is more complete and updated. Check out https://windoh.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/windows-8-windows-server-2012-and-many-others-a-complete-and-updated-overview-of-their-releases-and-related-aspects.

On the 15th of August 2012 Windows 8 has been officially released, although only to a limited audience, i.e. MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Through TechNet 24 SKUs are available, while this is 36 at MSDN (the same 24 + 12 checked builds, used for debugging and typically only useful for a small group of developers).

The release isn’t exactly a surprise, as it was announced about 2 weeks ago. As you probably know Windows 8 and other products were RTM’d on the 1st of August 2012. It was also officially announced Volume License customers with Software Assurance (SA) may expect Windows 8 on the 16th of August 2012 UPDATE: through the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) site. Other programs follow later, with General Availability (GA) planned for the 26th of October 2012.

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Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and others RTM’d

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UPDATE: there is a new blog post which is more complete and updated. Check out https://windoh.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/windows-8-windows-server-2012-and-many-others-a-complete-and-updated-overview-of-their-releases-and-related-aspects.

On the 1st of August 2012, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012 were RTM’d. This was officially announced by Microsoft. Let’s take a look at what this all means. Before we dive into the recent details, let’s get a quick overview first of the Windows 8 ecosystem. This is quite important, because otherwise it’s difficult to get the full picture.

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