Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Aug 2012 16:11 UTC
Windows Microsoft has just announced that Windows 8 has gone gold - or, in Redmond parlance, RTM. "Today, I am excited to announce that Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM)! This means we've completed the product development and testing of the product and have started handing off the final code to our OEM partners. They can now begin preparing new Windows 8 PCs and devices they'll introduce starting with General Availability." Anybody got a spare MSDN account?
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RE[3]: Ha!
by Drumhellar on Wed 1st Aug 2012 23:29 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Ha!"
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Improved disk performance: Shrinking and expanding volumes is much faster in practice.

Hyper-V built in.

The Refresh feature, and the in-place install.

GPU accelerated everything.

Improved multi-monitor support in the classic desktop.

The theme is nicer, with the sharp edges and fewer gradients.

Better driver support (USB 3.0 out of the box!)

Better support for multitouch trackpads.

Better search.
These are just things that affect me on a day-to-day basis. There are others that I think I can list off the top of my head:

Much better tablet support (duh!). This includes touch gestures, plus improved handwriting recognition.

More flexible threading model, especially useful for the newer AMD chips.

Integration with Windows Live (Yes, that is a good thing.)
Of course, the lack of start menu can be seen as a regression, but once you get used to the start screen, it actually is mostly better.

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