Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM now available to Volume License customers

Beginning Tuesday, TechNet and MSDN subscribers now have access to Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM (release to manufacturing build). This also includes access for Volume License customers with an active Software Assurance (SA) agreement, as you receive a TechNet subscription as part of SA.

As Erwin Visser notes in the latest Windows for Your Business blog post, there’s no time like the present to start your company’s planning for Windows 8.1.

Windows 8.1 Enterprise is designed with businesses in mind, Visser says, pointing to a host of new capabilities only available in the Enterprise edition, as well as new industry-leading security features.

“We encourage you to evaluate Windows 8.1 RTM bits to get a jump start on your deployment planning, using it with the new deployment tools that are already available to create a fully-functional model of the deployment processes that you will use once Windows 8.1 Enterprise is generally available on October 18,” Visser writes. “As my colleague Steve Guggenheimer shared this past week, the primary objective in making Windows 8.1 RTM bits available on TechNet and MSDN is so developers and businesses can continue testing the latest version of the operating system as our engineering teams refine and update the product and tools in preparation for Windows 8.1 general availability.”

Head on over to the blog post for the rest of the story, including details about how to prepare your organization to migrate to Windows 8.1 Enterprise, and additional information about availability.

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Steve Clarke
Microsoft News Center Staff