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Recently I have had several questions from Partners around Windows 8 and downloading the RTM, as well as, when it will be on the Volume licensing price sheet. We have a number of programs that provides various audiences early access to the Windows 8 RTM code to help prepare for Windows 8 as it enters the marketplace this fall:
o August 15: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDNsubscriptions.
o August 15:IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through your TechNetsubscriptions.
o August 16: Customers with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), allowing you to test, pilot and begin adopting Windows 8 Enterprise within your organization.
o August 16:Microsoft Partner Network members will have access to Windows 8.
o August 20:Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS) receive access to Windows 8.
o September 1:Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers.
Here is a quick list of some of the features exclusive to Windows 8 Pro:
Windows 8 Enterprise:
Windows 8 Enterprise features include all the capabilities that customers get with Windows 8 Pro, plus premium features designed to provide the mobile productivity, security, manageability and virtualization needs of today’s businesses. Here’s an overview of some of the key features that will be available exclusively to Windows 8 Enterprise customers:
Enhancing the Windows Benefits in Software Assurance
As we reimagine Windows 8, we’re also enhancing our Software Assurance (SA) benefits to meet the needs of today’s workforce. After Windows 8 Enterprise becomes available, Software Assurance customers will have the following new use rights:
And the Enterprise / SA feature set is documented in this blog:
Windows Team Blog announcement: http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/