This is one of those blog posts where the title is almost all I need. Microsoft had said earlier that everyone, and they meant everyone, would get the Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM bits at the same time in October. There was much public outcry and burning of Clippy in effigy. In what seems to be a trend lately, Microsoft made a decision, listened to reason, and changed their minds. Today, more than a month before the official Windows 8.1 RTM launch they put the RTM bits out on MSDN and TechNet. If you have an MSDN or TechNet account, warm up that cable modem or DSL and get your download on. If you grab Windows 2012 R2 don’t forget to grab the free ebook as well. Makes for good night time reading.