October 26th, 2012! Yes! that's the General Availability (GA) of Windows 8! announced Steven Sinofsky at Microsoft's annual sales meeting.
Starting Oct 26th, customers will be able to get Windows 8 - whether in upgrade or on a new PC.
Microsoft also made available "Windows 8 Camp in a Box, Release Preview Edition" that includes the hands-on-labs, presentations, samples and resources from the Windows 8 camps.
The Windows 8 camps are free training events for developers ramping up on Metro style app development.
To sign-up for a Windows camp, please visit http://devcamps.ms/windows.
You can download Windows 8 Camp in a Box, Release Preview Edition Download Center.
Also, in another blog post, Microsoft details some of the work they have done to improve Narrator in Windows 8 when using a touch-enabled PC.
In the post, Doug Kirschner, of Accessibility team notes, "We've made many more improvements based on your feedback--including reading out touch hints that teach you how to activate items, improving the Narrator settings UI to be easier to use with touch, and adding a new setting that makes it easier to type on the touch keyboard. While we believe Narrator is feature complete at this point, we're still fixing bugs and fine-tuning it before Windows 8 is complete."
Kirschner said, the touch features require a touch screens supporting at least four contact points. "Windows 8 certified touch hardware will universally meet this requirement, but some current Windows 7 hardware may not (see this post for more info). If you do not have a touch screen supporting four contact points, you can still run Narrator using the keyboard," adds Kirschner.
The following key areas is improved in the Release Preview:
- "Responsiveness: We heard that Narrator on touch screens didn't feel responsive enough.
- Gestures: Some people had difficulty with Narrator gestures, particularly some of the more complicated multi-finger gestures.
- App exploration: Finding particular elements on the screen (e.g. finding tiles on the Start screen) could be hard for people not already familiar with the particular app or UI.
- Web navigation: The commands available in the Consumer Preview were not extensive enough for some webpages," informs Kirschner.
Here is the video demonstrating the narrator: