Windows 8 launches on October 26, 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/Pichi Chuang)
Windows 8 is just 2 weeks away from its General Availability release, and with its debut comes changes to Microsoft's traditional model for updating their operating systems.
In the past, the Redmond-based company would roll out Windows Updates after "creating dozens of changes for each [original equipment manufacturer]", according to a blog entry by Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky.
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Sinofsky states that testing certification wasn't in place to release these updates until the launch of a new service pack, leaving some PCs lagging behind the most current software improvements.
However, "during the final months of Windows 8 we challenged ourselves to create the tools and processes to be able to deliver these post-RTM updates sooner than a service pack. By developing better test automation and test coverage tools we are happy to say that Windows 8 will be totally up to date for all customers starting at General Availability."
The latest update, which was made available to MSDN or enterprise customers as of October 9, is said to have improved audio and video playback,boosted the performance of in apps and the Start screen, increased power efficiency to extend battery life, and enhanced application and driver compatibility with WIndows 8.
"We think this new pace of delivering high quality updates to Windows will be a welcome enhancement for all of our customers," writes Sinofsky.
For those teetering on the edge of an upgrade to Windows 8, Microsoft has released a series of ads showcasing its new interface, featured below.
Those who would like to upgrade early can download the consumer preview here. When the OS officially launches, Mircosoft will offer a discounted $14.99 upgrade fee for consumers who bought a Windows PC on June 2, 2012 or after. Those interested can visit this site to register for a promo code now. The promotion ends on January 31, 2013. If you are not elegible for the code, you will still be able to purchase a discounted version of the OS for $39 between the previously mentioned dates. The final retail price of Windows 8 after this "early adopter" period is still unannounced.
Windows 8 launches on October 26, 2012.