Windows 8.1 was just Released to Manufacturing (RTM). For the first time in as long as I can remember, developers are not getting access to the RTM before the launch date.
Some developers are upset because they are building Windows 8 applications or at the very least need to ensure their applications work on the new OS before it is released. This is a fair point.
I think most people are upset because they are forced to wait to upgrade their own systems. Too bad, so sad.
So why did Microsoft make this change? Because Windows 8.1 isn’t ready. According to a TechCrunch post:
We are continuing to put the finishing touches on Windows 8.1 to ensure a quality experience at general availability for (all) customers.
So it isn’t ready, but it has RTMed. So what does RTM even mean?
Maybe “M” doesn’t mean manufacturing this time. According to a post in the Windows App Builder Blog (italics mine):
Today we announced that Windows 8.1 has hit the RTM milestone. That means our hardware partners are now preparing their devices for the holiday buying season, beginning with the general availability of Windows 8.1 starting at 12:00 A.M. on October 18 . . .
Maybe this time it means manufacturers. This release is all about getting Windows 8.1 in systems for the holiday buying season. You can be sure the big device manufacturers already have their Windows 8.1 RTM.
I would argue this isn’t really an RTM at all — because it isn’t finished — but if Microsoft had waited until mid October to actually RTM, then no holiday sales.
RTMC: Release to Merry Christmas!