Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Sep 2013 21:24 UTC

Starting today, we will extend availability of our current Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM builds to the developer and IT professional communities via MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. The Windows 8.1 RTM Enterprise edition will be available through MSDN and TechNet for businesses later this month.

Developers had been asking for this.

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by Nelson on Tue 10th Sep 2013 15:51 UTC
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I think a lot of the stink raised by media outlets speaking in the name of developers isn't really on the mark.

The deltas between the WinRT RTM API and the WinRT Preview APIs are extraordinarily small, and I'd venture to guess that hardly any code at all has been broken.

Check it our for yourselves. Developers weren't asking for this. Tech blogs looking for an attention grabbing headline were asking for this, and you have the entitled pricks who can't wait for GA like the rest of the world just because they have an MSDN Subscription (or abuse Technet which is why its being phased out)

Furthermore, Windows 8.1 will ship with a compatibility environment for the 8.1 Preview, just like Windows 8.0 shipped with a compatibility environment for 8.0 Release Preview. Meaning all app code and behavior remains the same from Preview to RTM.

There's nothing more disgusting than using developers as pawns in attention grabbing propaganda.

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