Windows 8.1 è RTM: Rispettata la RoadMap il 17 Ottobre sarà disponibile per tutti [News Windows]

Arriva la conferma ufficiale da parte di Microsoft: Windows 8.1 ha raggiunto lo stadio Release To Manufacturing (RTM). Microsoft ha quindi rispettato le tempistiche previste, che aveva indicato nel corso della Worldwide Partner Conference al´inizio di luglio, quando aveva detto che il software sarebbe stato pronto entro fine agosto.

“Abbiamo raggiunto un traguardo importante per Windows e per Microsoft” scrive Microsoft sul suo blog ufficiale “Solo 10 mesi dopo il rilascio di un audace ricambio generazionale nel settore informatico con Windows 8, il nostro team è orgoglioso di condividere che abbiamo iniziato il rilascio di Windows 8.1 e Windows RT 8.1 per i nostri partner hardware”.

“Abbiamo lavorato a stretto contatto con i nostri partner hardware più che mai” spiega ancora Microsoft “I nostri partner sono in grado adesso di preparare una vasta gamma di dispositivi innovativi che i nostri clienti possono aspettarsi in autunno – giusto in tempo per le festività natalizie”.

La versione finale di Windows 8.1 sarà rilasciata il 17 ottobre in download sul Windows Store per gli utenti Windows 8 e a partire dal giorno seguente sarà messo in commercio e verrà proposto a bordo dei nuovi hardware.

Comunicato ufficiale Windows 8.1 RTM:

We’ve hit an important milestone for Windows and for Microsoft—just 10 months after delivering on a bold, generational change in computing with Windows 8, our team is proud to share that we have started releasing Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 to our hardware partners. In many ways, this marks a new day at Microsoft, reflecting a number of rapid release firsts. Thanks, in part, to customer feedback and an unparalleled level of collaboration across product teams, Windows 8.1 is a significant update. We have delivered in a very short time an update to the OS that will bring an even greater unified experience for our customers. As we consider the code we just handed off, and the new intuitive and fluid computing experience it provides – anytime, anywhere, across all devices – we’re confident we made the right bet in continuing our visionand following through on our commitment to rapid innovation and responsive engineering.

In the past, the release to manufacturing (RTM) milestone traditionally meant that the software was ready for broader customer use. However, it’s clear that times have changed, with shifts to greater mobility and touch as well as the blurring of work and personal lives. As such, we’ve had to evolve the way we develop and the time in which we deliver to meet customers with the experience they need, want and expect. We’ve had to work closer to our hardware partners than ever before. Reaching this milestone is about optimizing the overall experience for our customers. Our hardware partners are in a position to prepare the wide array of innovative devices our customers can expect later this fall – just in time for the holidays. Over the next several months we’ll see beautiful, powerful devices, from the smallest tablets to the most lightweight notebooks to versatile 2-in-1s, as well as industry devicesdesigned for business.

While our partners are preparing these exciting new devices we will continue to work closely with them as we put the finishing touches on Windows 8.1 to ensure a quality experience at general availability on October 18th. This is the date when Windows 8.1 will be broadly available for commercial customers with or without volume licensing agreements, our broad partner ecosystem, subscribers to MSDN and TechNet, as well as consumers.

On behalf of the Windows engineering team, we want to thank you for joining us on this journey. So many people rely on Windows in so many ways, and so we thank you for your participation in previewing the product, for your feedback, for your contributions and for your support. You have helped us make Windows 8.1 great for everyone!

We are super excited to see Windows 8.1 help deliver the next generation of devices and a one-of-a-kind experience that’s in sync with the way you live – at home, at work, and on the go.