Microsoft has released the latest final version of Windows 8 to the IT Pro and developers. Windows 8, Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 can be downloaded from the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) and TechNet. Other consumers will not be able to access the OS until October 26 when Microsoft makes the software generally available.
Microsoft will also sell the Surface tablet for a cheap price of $199 when the device launch on October 26th.
Here is a summary recap of Surface. The Microsoft Windows RT Surface tablet will be out on the same day Windows 8 will be launched. The tablet will be available in two distinct versions, running Windows RT (light version of Windows 8) and also a Windows 8 Pro version. The Surface tablet will include a version of Microsoft Office at no additional charge.
- 10.6-inch optically bonded ClearType display, Gorilla Glass 2.0
- Screen’s 16:9 aspect ratio (AR) is identical to that of an HDTV
- USB 3.0
- SDXC expansion slot
- Support for digital inking
- Magnesium case
- Touch Cover and Type Cover – with full set keyboard