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Windows "Windows 8 is on track to Release to Manufacturing the first week of August. For enterprise customers with Software Assurance benefits, they will have full access to Windows 8 bits as early as August. Additionally, she noted that RTM is when we’ll be turning on the commerce platform so that developers can start earning money for their apps. [...] Tami went on to say that Windows 8 will reach general availability by the end of October! This means that new Windows 8 and Windows RT PCs will be available to buy and upgrades will be available starting in October. She also mentioned that that Windows 8 will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide."
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RE: Looking forward to it
by sagum on Mon 9th Jul 2012 22:12 UTC in reply to "Looking forward to it"
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Im looking forward to the launch and using the 'complete' versions of the metro apps. I hope the state they are in is unfinished and not just shoddy ;)

I would be surprised if they didnt launch with a few 'big name' apps though like Office or Sage. No biz will dare shift over unless they can almost guarantee they wont be inconvenienced to much (there is always a bit of pain in upgrading an os with those wonderful legacy apps)

That is something I've said for a while since using the preview apps. If Microsoft wants people to use Metro, they're going to have to make the apps better then what we already have.

The mail app is really bad, its not even worth setting up in its current state. Just pin your webmail access to the start screen instead, you'll have a 100% better experiance.

There doesn't seem to be any announcement of killer Metro apps yet, and while I understand that they will come eventually as thats what Microsoft is pushing for, sooner the better in this case.

I'd love to see adobe setup with a native photoshop, but I think we'll see more of gimp or taking a Metro look.

One program I think would do really well as a Metro app is steam, but I think the way Metro apps work, it'd make it next to impossible for that to happen ;)

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