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"RTM" doesn't mean "finished" any more...

That’s the substance of a comment posted to a story that appeared yesterday on The Verge, entitled “Windows 8.1 leaks on the web ahead of its October release,” which reports that “a localized Chinese version” of Windows 8.1 has already been leaked into the shadowy underworld of BitTorrent. With English versions sure to follow soon, and developers ranging anywhere from highly incensed to mildly peeved that the Windows 8.1 RTM release won’t be made available via MSDN or other developer channels, life is very interesting for those whose jobs and livelihoods entail following the latest version of Windows wherever it may lead.


User aaron44126 expresses a pithy sentiment that many Windows followers currently share.

Just because the OS has been released to RTM doesn’t mean it won’t be changing, perhaps even in some serious or substantial ways, before the General Availability (GA) version ships on October 17/18. Microsoft is apparently not interested in sharing a not-yet-solid version with developers, preferring instead to have them wait for a more solid version when GA lockdown occurs. Why is it that this appears like another obvious mis-step for Windows 8, which continues to operate under a dark cloud? You’d like to think that MS understands better than most companies the value and importance of apps for their platform, as they hustle along playing permanent catch-up with the Android and iOS offerings already available.

Go figure…

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The constant updates and changes in every software release from every company, with a sometimes dizzying frequency, lead me to ask a question. What does the word "finished" actually mean anymore? We need a playbook of terms to know what is going on. The problem would then be that the playbook would be constantly revised and different for every company. Help!