MYK-IT (3rd October 2013)
Hat tip to Ars Technica: Microsoft relents: MSDN and TechNet will get Windows 8.1 early after all | Ars Technica
So we can't deploy just yet due to the VL editions not being available, but if you have a TechNet Plus sub (which you get with EES), you can grab some testing copies now without having to resort to BitTorrent. I'm downloading now. TechNet may be being killed off, but we still get some use out of it before they put it out to pasture.Microsoft has heard the response and has changed its mind. Its new policy is the old policy: MSDN and TechNet subscribers will get immediate access to Windows 8.1 for testing and development purposes. Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 will be available to download now, and volume license versions of Windows 8.1 will be made available by the end of September. The company does warn that it is continuing to develop the online services that Windows 8.1 uses, so the software will not deliver the full, final experience just yet.
Last edited by AngryTechnician; 9th September 2013 at 07:39 PM.
MYK-IT (3rd October 2013)
Source: ZDNetQ: Will volume licensees get the enterprise SKU only? Or also Win 8.1 core and Win 8.1 Pro?
A: At GA (October 18), customers can access VLSC to get Windows 8.1 Enterprise and 8.1 Pro. Windows 8.1 (core) will not be available on VLSC but is available via MSDN in advance of GA.
Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM Now Available to Volume License Customers
Beginning today, TechNet and MSDN subscribers will now have access to Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM. This also includes access for Volume License (VL) customers with an active Software Assurance (SA) agreement, as you receive a TechNet subscription as part of SA.
So what happens when our technet subscriptions run out? Are they going to stop giving us this stuff?
jmak (17th September 2013)
Well the Enterprise bits are up but only with MAK keys, so still need to wait for the KMS key next month before we can think about a full deploy. At least we can start on the image.
@AngryTechnician. Does yours not look like the screenshot below?
Last edited by Arthur; 18th September 2013 at 08:01 PM.
Wish I found this thread sooner...been waiting patiently until 18th October to download Windows 8.1 Enterprise & Server 2012 R2 and they have been on TechNet for a couple of weeks! And our VLSC has the appropriate MAK/KMS keys listed too.
Downloading ISOs ready to install later!
nope I still have no keys for 8.1 on vlsc its not even listed as a product
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