Windows 8 goes RTM Windows Store now open for business

first_imgYou won’t see Windows 8 PCs on store shelves for a few more months, but manufacturers now have their hands on the official Windows 8 RTM code. Microsoft announced today that the milestone had been reached, and partners like Lenovo, Asus, Acer, Toshiba, Dell, and HP are now pushing hard to get their release day goods shined up for the general public.There’s no Microsoft-sanctioned way for you to get your hands on the Windows 8 RTM just yet, but it’s coming soon. On August 15th, those of you with an MSDN or TechNet subscription will be able to download the finalized Windows 8 files.And with Windows 8 hitting RTM, it’s time for the Windows Store to open for business, too. Microsoft has fully opened the doors for app submissions — including paid apps. And speaking of app submissions, the Store has expanded its global reach to include 54 additional markets. As previously announced, the company is sticking with the tried-and-true 30% commission rate for the Windows Store, though that drops to 20% after an app hits $25,000 in total revenue. Microsoft is hoping that the lure of a truly global store, the massive Windows user base, and the potential to earn a little extra cash will have developers scrambling to deliver great Metro apps for Windows 8.Come October, everyone will be able to see the results. Don’t forget about the upgrade offer, either. If you’ve got a valid license for Windows on your home computer, you’ll be able to upgrade to Windows 8 for just $39.99. After January 31, 2013, you’ll have to pay the full retail price.More at The Windows Blog and Windows Store for Developerslast_img