Microsoft announced on 1st August that it has completed the development and testing of Windows 8, and schedule the dates of released to manufacturing (RTM) where the developers can download the final version of Windows 8 via MSDN subscriptions on August 15. In a RTM press statement from Microsoft, it said: "OEM partners are now armed with final code, and can begin building new Windows 8 PCs and devices to introduce this fall, starting Friday, October 26, at General Availability."
Following two years of development and two preview releases, the number of Windows 8 final build is 9200, other schedule and dates as follow: Customers with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC) on August 16. Consultants and resellers with access to the Microsoft Action Pack will get download access on 20 August and Businesses without Software Assurance will be able to purchase licenses from 1 September.
Meanwhile, rumors from the internet, especially the exclusive interviewed of Microsoft Steve Ballmer by CRN. suggesting the Microsoft will introduce its Surface Tablet on October 26th, on the same day as the general availability of Windows 8. To silent the rumor, Microsoft has submitted a report filings to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) earlier in July. Inside the report it says: "The next version of our operating system, Windows 8, will be generally available on October 26, 2012. At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices." However, everyone is wondering about the selling price of Microsoft Surface Tablet would be, whether it is a RT or Pro version.