Microsoft ahead of the Windows 8's official launch on October 26th -- today, released a bunch of General Availability Cumulative Update for "Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012."
This update provides post-RTM (release to manufacturing) updates around performance, power management and battery efficiency, media playback, and compatibility. "We are pleased to be releasing a set of improvements to Windows 8 in broad areas of performance, power management and battery efficiency, media playback, and compatibility," Steven Sinofsky stated.
The update, which has a set of performance and reliability improvements for Windows 8, comes in at nearly 170MB and will be delivered via Windows Update. Microsoft has developed a better test automation and test coverage tools to allow for these updates to be released before Service Pack 1.
"By developing better test automation and test coverage tools we are happy to say that Windows 8 will be totally up to date for all customers starting at General Availability. If you are an MSDN or enterprise customer, these updates will be available for your Windows 8 PCs via Windows Update as of today (October 9), following our standard cadence for Windows Updates on the second Tuesday of each month at about 10:00am (PT)," Sinofsky blogged.
Below is a description of the update.
- Increased power efficiency to extend battery life
- Performance improvements in Windows 8 applications and Start screen
- Improved audio and video playback in many scenarios
- Improved application and driver compatibility with Windows 8
- When you turn a Windows feature on or off, the computer may require a restart. For example, this action may be necessary when you turn Remote Access on or off," informs Sinofsky.
Update: 10/12: How much is Microsoft betting on Windows 8? According to a report, "Microsoft will spend an estimated $1.5 to $1.8 billion for the new operating system's marketing campaign alone," Forbes says that campaign is so big, that it is "on a scale you don't see outside presidential elections."
By comparison, Microsoft spent just $200 million on the marketing campaign for Windows 95.
Also, revealed today is the pricing of Windows 8 through Newegg:
- Windows 8 (Full Version) - $99.99
- Windows 8 Professional (Full Version) - $139.99
- Windows 8 Pro Pack (product key only) - $69.99
- Windows 8 Professional Upgrade - $69.99
In other Windows 8 news, a number of Microsoft's official Windows 8 TV Commercial leaked on the web today.
All the four advertisements run for under a minute and present the Windows 8 OS running on a tablet, and comes through a Techit.co.il who got the hands on these official ads.
Microsoft is yet to issue a statement on the matter.
Also, Lenovo posts a range of Windows 8 PCs including the Lynx tablet -- check the video below: