A report by Neowin claims Microsoft will RTM Windows 8.1 shortly after August 23rd.  MSDN, TechNet Suscribers, and developers will not get early access to the build, only large OEMs.  Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 to the Windows Store on October 17th and retail box copies will be available starting October 18th.  Windows Server 2012 R2 will also launch the 18th of October. The recently leaked Windows 8.1 build (9471) was an RTM branch build.  It appears Microsoft is making good on its promise to release a new version of Windows every year.  Now if Windows can do a yearly release, why can’t Windows Phone do one even faster…that may be a discussion for another time. Source: Neowin ...

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Starting in August Microsoft will no longer accept new TechNet subscriptions.  The service will shutdown once current subscribers contracts end.  Ed Bott has a nice write-upon TechNet’s pending end. TechNet was originally create in the late 90s, in an effort to get builds to consumers through CDs (by mail) in era where broadband was slow and expensive.  Economically TechNet was a great deal, for a few hundred dollars annually, you got early access to MS builds of server and desktop software with multiple product keys.  Technically the software was for “evaluation purposes only,” but nobody ever followed this and it was never enforced.  Due to the ability to get multiple product keys, many people shared subscriptions or even illegally sold the extra keys. In a letter to subscribers, Microsoft wrote, “IT trends and business dynamics have evolved,” and TechNet has outlived its original purpose.  Additional details: New subscriptions won’t be accepted after August 31, 2013. ...

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