Windows 8 RTM and Visual Studio 2012 now available on MSDN


MSDN subscribers can now download Windows 8 Enterprise RTM.  Also, subscribers can also download Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8 to begin developing “Modern” or “Windows 8 Style UI” apps. 

System Recommendations for Windows 8 Enterprise

Supported Architectures: 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)

Hardware Recommendations (various sources across the Internet): 

  • Dual-core, or newer, processor
  • 4GB RAM or higher (Microsoft recommends 2GB for 64-bit, but who doesn’t have at least 4GB nowadays?)
  • 20GB free hard drive space (solid state drive is optimal, if you have it)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 driver or better

Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 is your tool to build Metro style apps for Windows 8. It includes the Windows 8 SDK, Blend for Visual Studio, and languages and templates in JavaScript, C++, C# and Visual Basic. Windows 8 installation is required prior to installing VS 2012.

System Requirements for Visual Studio 2012 Express

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 8

Supported Architectures: 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)

Hardware Requirements:

  • 1.6 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB of RAM (1.5 GB if running on a virtual machine)
  • 5.0 GB of available hard disk space
  • 5400 RPM hard drive
  • DirectX 9-capable video card running at 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution

You can access MSDN using the link here.

Important note:  Windows 8 RTM and Visual Studio Express 2012 are available to subscribers with the following subscription levels:

VS Pro with MSDN Premium (Empower)
VS Pro with MSDN Premium (MPN)
VS Test Pro with MSDN (Retail)
VS Test Pro with MSDN (VL)
VS Ultimate with MSDN (MPN)
VS Ultimate with MSDN (NFR FTE)
VS Ultimate with MSDN (Retail)
VS Ultimate with MSDN (VL)

Designer AA
DreamSpark Premium
MSDN OS (Retail)
MSDN OS (VL)
VS Premium with MSDN (MPN)
VS Premium with MSDN (Retail)
VS Premium with MSDN (VL)
VS Pro with MSDN (Retail)
VS Pro with MSDN (VL)

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Author: crmhobbit

The CRMhobbit (Shawn Tabor) is a Microsoft Business Solutions MVP and a Sr. Solutions Architect. He has experience implementing Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement across various vertical industries including Financial Services, Manufacturing, Public Sector and Sports & Entertainment. Shawn specializes in the Dynamics 365 for Field Service, Project Service Automation and LinkedIn Sales Navigator solutions. The purpose of his blog is to share his knowledge, experience and thoughts regarding CRM in the hopes of benefiting those in the CRM community. If anything on this blog has helped you, please comment or rate the posts. Thank you!

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