Microsoft is making available on September 9 to any and all interested testers
the near-final Release Candidate of its Visual Studio 2013 development suite.
The Release Candidate (RC) can be downloaded starting around 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST on September 9. The
download is available under a "Go Live" license.
a week ago. Microsoft also made the RC available to its own employees and a limited number of developers outside the company, according to my sources. Visual Studio 2013 RC leaked to the Web
Today, Microsoft is making the Visual Studio 2013 RC available broadly, and is commiting to have the RTW (release to Web) version available on October 18.
, and the day it is October 18 is also the day Microsoft is making Windows 8.1 generally available from third-party devs. opening the Windows Store for Windows 8.1-optimized applications
Microsoft also announced today that it is going to make
on September 9. Microsoft officials had decided against releasing the RTM bits early, but reversed course after receiving developer feedback against that move. the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) bits of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 available to those with MSDN/TechNet subscriptions