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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Just one word: SP1
by antik on Wed 1st Aug 2012 16:55 UTC
antik
Member since:
2006-05-19

Standard procedure- wait for Service Pack 1 if you want it to be usable.... Or Windows 9.

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RE: Just one word: SP1
by sparkyERTW on Wed 1st Aug 2012 18:18 in reply to "Just one word: SP1"
sparkyERTW Member since:
2010-06-09

Standard procedure- wait for Service Pack 1 if you want it to be usable.... Or Windows 9.


I dunno... they've already done two numbered releases in a row. They're probably getting ready to try a new version branding. Years, done, two-letters, done, aspirational yet meaningless word, done (won't be trying that again for a while), numbers, done. Hmmm... special characters?

Behold: Windows #!

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RE[2]: Just one word: SP1
by zima on Mon 6th Aug 2012 22:51 in reply to "RE: Just one word: SP1"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

They pretty much returned to numbers (Windows 1, 2, 3) - so we might see another return, maybe we'll see years again ...or decades? (too bad it's too late for XP - it would be so much more curious with "Windows Noughties")

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RE: Just one word: SP1
by sbenitezb on Wed 1st Aug 2012 19:48 in reply to "Just one word: SP1"
sbenitezb Member since:
2005-07-22

More like Windows 9.

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RE: Just one word: SP1
by ramasubbu_sk on Wed 1st Aug 2012 21:44 in reply to "Just one word: SP1"
ramasubbu_sk Member since:
2007-04-05

Windows 7 was good enough without SP1

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RE: Just one word: SP1
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 1st Aug 2012 21:48 in reply to "Just one word: SP1"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

I don't know... in this case, they've screwed Windows up so badly with Metro, and it's only going to get worse as Microsoft forcibly tries to push it onto people and kill off the traditional desktop in upcoming versions, that I honestly think it'll only get worse after Windows 8. For anyone who wants to do real work on a real desktop, that is.

The only thing that will save it now is a major repositioning of Metro, as being a "secondary" interface for those users who want it and keeping the traditional desktop around for those who want it and--*gasp*--actually own hardware that would work better with it. You know... keyboard, mouse, big monitor... that kind of antique legacy stuff that, according to Microsoft based on their intent to abandon the desktop, is apparently so outdated these days.

[UZ64 here. This is the username I will be using from now on.]

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RE: Just one word: SP1
by lucas_maximus on Wed 1st Aug 2012 22:03 in reply to "Just one word: SP1"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

No Windows 7 was stable in Beta and RC. I think Win 8 will be the same.

The Windows hardware test suite is truly something to behold. I wish I could find the link, when I saw a pic of the rig that ran all the tests ... I was like "holy shit".

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RE[2]: Just one word: SP1
by ze_jerkface on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 00:55 in reply to "RE: Just one word: SP1"
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

Stability isn't the problem with Windows 8.

The problem is that it feels like the bastardized offspring of a desktop and tablet OS. The best description I have seen so far is "a monkey's abortion".

But I'm sure all the youtube videos and polls are wrong.

Microsoft can't possibly release such a POS on the public. They always listen to their customers, right?

People are going to love Windows 8 just like Bob and Kin. Sinofsky is right to censor the Windows 8 blog and suppress negative feedback.

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RE: Just one word: SP1
by Fergy on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 11:28 in reply to "Just one word: SP1"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Standard procedure- wait for Service Pack 1 if you want it to be usable.... Or Windows 9.

It wasn't true for Win7 why would it be true for Win8? Win7 was Vista SP2. Win8 looks like Vista SP3. Winxp took until SP2 to get good.

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