For past few days, editions of the Windows 8 RTM has leaked on to the internet. Today, a screenshot revealing the retail box packaging of Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.
When Windows 8 launches on October 26, Microsoft will made avaiable only these two boxed versions of Windows 8 in retail stores. The packaging comes in two flavors -- a white box for Windows 8 and a darker box for Windows 8 Pro.
While on Windows 8, over the past week, many editions of the Windows 8 RTM leaked onto the web, introducing the "many previously unfinished or disabled features on the Release Preview" to use. For example, some Xbox LIVE enabled games on the Windows Store now allow you to unlock achievements.
"Currently, only some games are allowing achievements to be unlocked, others still are showing an error when trying to sign into live."
Also, the leaked builds are providing more clues as to what kinds of user behaviors "will and won't be permitted."
According to ZDNet report, the RTM flavour of Windows 8 blocking users from setting up their Windows 8 machines to boot straight to the Desktop, circumventing the tiled Start screen, formerly known as the Metro screen.
"In the pre-release flavors of the operating system, including Windows 8 Release Preview, users had the possibility to create a shortcut that would switch to the Desktop immediately. Moreover, they had the possibility to set the shortcut to be automatically activated after logging into Windows, which would circumvent the tiled Start screen."
Rafael Rivera, said he has verified that users cannot boot straight to the Desktop in Windows 8.
A Microsoft spokesperson said the company declined to comment.
In other Windows 8 news, Microsoft walksthrough the process of how to build your own Windows Runtime components. With the Windows Runtime, "you can even easily use multiple languages within a single app," Microsoft stated.
Essentially, for Windows 8, Microsoft completely reimagined the platform, allowing you to choose the programming language and technologies you already know to build apps tailored to the device and form factor.
Here are additional resources to help you dive into this further for your app development -- also check the post:
Watch the video embedded below demonstrating the RTM Setup Animations:
Finally, the week started with yet another RTM leak -- this time bringing the Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate English onto the internet.
The leaked Visual Studio 2012 RTM file name is en_visual_studio_ultimate_2012_RTM_x86_dvd.rar and claims to be original and untouched English ISO -- with "No keys needed."
Visual Studio 2012 will hit RTM in August with general availability in September.
After installing the final Visual Studio 2012 bits, if you click open File -> New Project. This is what you get inside:
Here are the ISO details
Visual Studio 2012 RTM Ultimate x86
SIZE: 1,518,059,675 byte