Microsoft: Windows 8.1 has hit RTM; no early access for MSDN or TechNet ( NeoWin 2013-08-27 )
And the hit parade continues! Developers Developers Developers indeed!
Well it looks like Windows 8.1 isn't really ready for RTM, since they are still busy debugging it, so this will give them a chance to meet their October deadline. As a former developer, who had to try to work within the arbitrary deadlines imposed from on high, I feel really sorry for the W8.1 developers. I also feel very sorry for the three W8.1 app developers and see no reason why anyone would want to join them.
No it is the standard procedure MS uses for RTM an operating system. Basically MS makes the annoucement that a product is RTM but it takes 2-3 days before anyone can actually download it. I don't know why MS just waits until it is available for download before telling the world that it is out.
Paul Thurrott looked for some sense in Microsoft's new RTM policy, but essentially gave up in the end:
This week, Microsoft confirmed that it had "finished" Windows 8.1, the much-needed major update to Windows 8 and Windows RT. But in declaring "RTM," Microsoft also not so subtly changed the meaning of the term. With this release, RTM no longer means RTM. So in Microsoft's book, "finished" no longer means "finished."
...I just wish Microsoft did the right thing for its best customers and closest followers. It seems unable to do that, and unable to adequately explain why.
A couple of good takes on this, down in the comments section:
This sounds like the way movie studios, knowing they have a stinker on their hands, block critics from seeing a film before release. I sure hope this isn't the case.
In other news today, Chevy and Ford have decided to build new cars every 6 months instead of new yearly models. This is fantastic news that Chevy and Ford openly spoke about accomplishing. Chevy and Ford have both rolled out the next 6 month models and parked them in a special lots, and at special closed off sections of lots at dealerships. They will continue to apply fixes and finishing touches to these vehicles, like install the bumpers, and oh crap, we need that steering wheel, and in another six months (totaling a year), both Chevy and Ford will move the vehicles from the special lots to normal sales lots. But hey, they reached their goal of making and releasing new model vehicles every six months instead of every year right?
Sounds quite familiar with what Microsoft is doing and did... how much they spoke in the news about how they are RTM'ing a totally revamped version of Windows in 8 months, in reality, its almost the same timeframe as a service pack. They didn't deliver anything in 8 months...
Edited by JorgeA, 28 August 2013 - 10:19 AM.