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[4]: Ha!
by WereCatf on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 13:03 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Ha!"
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None of those things mentioned really matter to Average Joe, except perhaps the Live-integration. I just don't really know if even that matters much in the end as none of the Averages I know understand anything about this Microsoft Live-thing, they just use "messenger" or "chat" or "mail." Microsoft kind of haven't integrated it's Live-based services well with eachothers nor are they taking enough advantage of that.

As I have mentioned before the most beneficial feature of Windows 8 for Average Joes and Janes is the curated app store; once the people become aware of that I can image them using the app store as their primary method of finding new applications and games, possibly resulting in massive reduction in malware and viruses. The less malware and viruses there are in the wild the better for everyone. The second thing that is very beneficial for Average Joes and Janes is the inclusion of Microsoft Security Essentials as a core part of Windows 8; since MSE does not expire, it is not some trial thing nor does it try to push subscriptions or extra functionality to users it's a very workable "out-of-your-face" antivirus - solution.

As for the reaction of these Averages: as I've said, I believe most complaints will be about how the people don't understand why the system jumps between regular desktop and Metro so often when they try to use their applications, not about Metro itself. Eventually, though, people will end up replacing most of their legacy applications with Metro-based stuff from the Windows Store and thus people will start to complain less. In any event the complaints won't be enough to steer the general populace away from Windows, it'll still be mostly only geeks, nerds and self-righteous "professionals" who will be doing that in some sort of a crusade and the general populace will continue rolling their eyes.

Windows 8 RT is where I see potential for a much bigger of a mess with general populace: Average Janes and Joes are exceedingly good at ignoring everything they're being told, they'll just see the word "Windows" and automatically believe that everything they throw at the tablet will work. No matter how much you tell them otherwise there's bound to be people who refuse to understand, and thus it would likely have been smart for Microsoft to name Windows 8 RT something more distinctive.

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