Microsoft has finalized the Windows 8 operating system and made it available for equipment manufacturers to start imaging the OS onto new hardware, including PCs and tablets. The release to manufacturing (RTM) also means that developers soon will have the first complete build of the OS (known as “build 9200”) to finalize their applications.
Developers subscribing to MSDN membership services will be able to get their hands on the Windows 8 RTM version on August 15. Microsoft announced that Visual Studio 2012 and .NET Framework 4.5 will be available via MSDN on the same date. The Visual Studio tooling is finalized, according to Microsoft Corporate Vice President S. Somasegar, who made the announcement in his blog on Wednesday.