In a surprise turnaround on Monday, Microsoft announced that the Windows 8.1 RTM would be released to developers. This will make a lot of Windows 8 developers very happy!
The announcement made by Microsoft on Monday, states that MSDN/TechNet subscribers and volume licensees are going to get access to the early release of Windows 8.1. The release of Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro are available now for those with valid subscriptions.
Available at 10am PST
The availability of the software by Microsoft made many software developers happy. The bits were released as of 10am on September 9th, and Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Por are available to download. In addition, RTM versions of Windows Server 2012 R2 are available for MSDN/TechNet and volume licensees.
Windows 8.1 Enterprise By End of September
Enterprise customers looking to download Windows 8.1 will be able to download it by the end of the month, according to Microsoft. The official downloads will be made by Microsoft to its enterprise customers, and will be much different than the Windows 8.1 RT and other products by Microsoft.
Another 180 By Microsoft
This latest move is another 180 made by the company regarding customers and developers. With the Xbox One news early and now the Windows 8.1 RTM news, the company constantly is changing its focus and confusing its customers with its flip flopping of policies within the company. This only serves to confuse customers and made developers for both consoles angry and looking for alternative operating systems.
This move to release the software to developers makes sense. Developers need the software early to insure that apps and software is ready for the consumer release date, and need to be able to create for it. By withholding the software, developers suffer and customers suffer from a lack of apps. This does anger developers, but most commercial developers have to deal with confusing companies and their policies often. Microsoft is quickly becoming only too often by the company, and is confusing many who follow the company. One thing one day, another the next, it’s the new Microsoft.