Windows-8_1Great News for IT Pros! If you want to get your hand on the latest and greatest version of Windows all you need is an MSDN or TechNet subscription. It was posted up there at yesterday September 9th. That’s right Windows 8.1 RTM code.

Originally we were not going to release the code to until the October 18th launch date, but based on the strong community feedback we have adjusted the release schedule. Smile

Here is an excerpt from the email communication I received:

We’ve listened, we value your partnership, and we are adjusting based on your feedback. As we refine our delivery schedules for a more rapid release cadence, we are working on the best way to support early releases to the various audiences within our ecosystem. That’s why 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 Enterprise edition will be available through MSDN and TechNet for businesses later this month. Additionally, today we’re making available the Visual Studio 2013 Release Candidate, which you can download here.

For more information see the official announcements on the following Blogs:

Steve “Guggs” Guggenheimer’s blog
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/stevengu/

Blogging Windows
http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2013/09/09/download-windows-8-1-rtm-visual-studio-2013-rc-and-windows-server-2012-r2-rtm-today.aspx

Somasegar’s blog
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/archive/2013/09/09/announcing-the-visual-studio-2013-release-candidate.aspx

In The Cloud blog
http://blogs.technet.com/b/in_the_cloud/