It’s been a busy day! Both the Windows 8 team and the Visual Studio teams have reached significant milestones in their respective releases.
Per Steven Sinofsky’s blog, Windows 8 has been Released to Manufacturing (RTM), and the Windows Store is officially open for paid applications and company accounts (and with a considerable expansion in the number of markets and certification languages).
Here’s a quick rundown of the timeline for availability
|August 1 (today!)||Windows Store open for business|
|August 15||Windows 8 available to MSDN subscribers (follow Windows 8 blog for updates)|
|August 15||Visual Studio 2012 available for download from MSDN and elsewhere (follow Jason Zander’s blog for updates)|
|September 12||Visual Studio 2012 Launch (on-line)|
|October 26||Windows 8 General Availability (GA)|
|October 30 – November 2||BUILD 2012 in Redmond WA|
The early bird gets the worm (and the $)! so if you’ve been putting off developing that great Windows 8 app – don’t! Take a look at the following resources to get started, so you can be one of the first apps of your kind in the store.