Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM). Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions on August 15.
“Release to Manufacturing” means product development and testing of the product is complete and have started handing off the final code to our OEM partners. They can now begin preparing new Windows 8 PCs and devices they’ll introduce starting with General Availability.
For more on RTM, I suggest reading this blog post from Steven Sinofsky on the Building Windows 8 blog.
Dates for when you can get the RTM release are detailed in Windows 8 has reached the RTM milestone.
Bruce D. Kyle
Technical Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation