August 2, 2012 by Volamoot at Mashable!
Microsoft announced Wednesday it was releasing Windows 8 to its manufacturer partners. That means it’s all done tweaking and finalizing the operating system, which is now ready to be incorporated into products.
PC makers such as Lenovo, Asus and Toshiba will certainly be happy to get their hands on the final build of Windows 8, which will let them put the final touches on the first round of PCs that will ship with the new OS when it goes on sale Oct. 26.
It’ll also let them create proper drivers and software for existing Windows 7 machines, most of which will be able to run Windows 8.
via Mashable http://mashable.com/2012/08/01/windows-8-rtm/