Launch your Windows 8 app from Idea to Market in 4 weeks

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Windows 8 Released (to MSDN and TechNet Subscribers)

After much anticipation, Windows 8 is now available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. There are two versions to download. One version is Windows 8 which has Windows 8 Pro capabilities (with the appropriate key). The other is Windows 8 Enterprise which requires a KMS or adding the key using a script (as blogged about here). Non-subscribers of MSDN and TechNet can download a 90 day trial for free by visiting However, if you install this trial version, you cannot upgrade to the full version when it is released for general availability on October 26th. Instead, users will be required … Continue reading Windows 8 Released (to MSDN and TechNet Subscribers)

Visual Studio 2012 Released (to MSDN Subscribers)

Much like Windows 8, many developers have been anticipating the release of Visual Studio 2012. Earlier today, Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2012 Team System were made available to subscribers of MSDN. Non-subscribers of MSDN can download a 90 day trial of Visual Studio 2012 for free at Also released today to MSDN and TechNet subscribers was Windows 8.

Windows 8 Enterprise Activation

If you are downloading the new Windows 8 Enterprise edition from MSDN or TechNet today (as a Volume License Customer) and plan on adding in your volume license, you can do so without the need for a Key Management Server (KMS). To do so, run a command prompt as Administrator and enter the following: slmgr.vbs -ipk “PRODUCT KEY HERE” After, go back into Windows Activation and choose Activate. You’ll be soon on your way to Windows 8 goodness.