Earlier this month when Microsoft made Windows 8 available to hardware partners they announced 15th August would be when some end users can get their hands on the final version of Microsoft’s latest & greatest. MSDN and TechNet are two subscriptions offered by Microsoft with TechNet focused towards the IT crowd and MSDN targeted at developers. The subscriptions give enthusiasts and people vested in the Microsoft ecosystem early access to Microsoft at huge discounts.
Over the years TechNet & MSDN have become economical means of getting legal copies of Windows, (at one point subscribers had 10 keys with 5 activations). Unfortunately, Microsoft wasn’t too pleased since these keys could be resold. The ToS for MSDN/TechNet say the builds/keys can’t be used in a production environment legally and they have drastically reduced the number of keys available for a user. Anyhow, for enthusiasts, TechNet/MSDN are still the best bet to get early access to Microsoft products, legally.
Starting today, MSDN/TechNet subscribers can download Windows 8 and Windows 8 Enterprise:
We will share a first look in the coming days.