We have read a bunch of news earlier about Windows 8 such as the software giant company Microsoft confirmed the release date of Windows 8, it has completed the development of Windows 8 and released it to manufacturing etc. And the latest news is that the final version of Windows 8 has been leaked online.
Microsoft released the Windows 8 OS to OEM manufacturing partners. The hardware vendors just have to load it into their machines and ship it out to the customers. But just after one day of handing over the final version of Windows 8’s OS to manufacturers, it has been leaked online. The final version of Windows 8 is now widely available across multiple file sharing sites.
The version leaked is an “N” edition of Windows 8 which does not include a bundled copy of Windows Media Player. In fact, Microsoft was forced to create the special N editions of Windows when the European Commission ruled in 2004 that needed a copy of their popular operating system without Windows Media Player included.
Though it has been leaked online, but MSDN and TechNet customers won’t officially receive access to the final Windows 8 bits till 15 August.
However, Microsoft has become stunned and don’t know how the leak happened. But it could be someone working at an OEM partner is responsible for the leak.
We obviously aren’t going to disclose the sites that are hosting the leaked Windows 8 RTM build. Rather, we strongly recommend that all users stay away from this download in favor of the official Windows 8 build when it becomes available later on.