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Microsoft has finally unveiled all of their plans for Windows Phone 8, including when and where you’ll be able to pick up one of the latest devices running the OS. To get in on the WP8 goodness you’ll need to upgrade the entire phone, as you may recall Microsoft is only allowing a smaller upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8 on “legacy” devices such as the Lumia 900.

If you’re in the market for a new Windows Phone, there are five launch models to choose from, and the following guide will help you see which ones are available on your favorite wireless carrier and for how much. Plus, at the end of the article, there is a comparison table where you can see the differences in specifications between all of them.

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Enthusiasts are buzzing over a trick that lets users get access to all of the operating system’s controls in one folder.

Windows Phone 8 officially launched earlier this week when Rogers started selling the Nokia Lumia 920 in Canada. While other parts of the world will have to wait until later this month to check out Windows Phone 8 devices, the company is already talking about some of the things that it has done to improve its moble OS.

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The RTM version of Windows 8 has been in some people’s (legal) possession for a few weeks now, and since the completion of the RTM build there has also been a strong rise in the number of Windows 8 “Modern” apps. Last week, it was estimated that there were 660 apps available for download from the Windows Store, an increase of 195 apps from the previous week.

This week, McAkins Online, which has been monitoring the amount of new Windows 8 apps put into the store since the RTM build was released, posted up yet another app number update, claiming that the number had gone up to 777 apps in the store. Just a few hours later, the site posted an update to that same post saying the number went up to 820 and may be high at 839.

Some of the new “Modern” apps that have been added to the store in the past week include All About the Money, a personal finance app (shown above). There’s also a Windows 8 app for the coupon online service Groupon but it doesn’t appear to be an official app authorized by Groupon. 

Source: McAkins Online | Image via Microsoft

Since the middle of August, Microsoft has been slowly but surely allowing the RTM build of Windows 8 to be released to a select number of people. Today, those numbers should increase even more.

As per Microsoft’s own schedule, the RTM build of Windows 8 should now be available to purchase (or soon will be) by Microsoft Volume License customers without Software Assurance. Those users should be able to buy their copy of Microsoft’s next OS through Microsoft Volume License Resellers.

Existing Microsoft Software Assurance customers have been able to get their copies of Windows 8 for a couple of weeks now, as have subscribers to Microsoft’s TechNet and MSDN services. Windows 8 can also now be legally acquired by Microsoft Partner Network members, Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS), and DreamSpark Premium subscribers. On Thursday, a couple of days ahead of schedule, Microsoft Intune subscribers could also start downloading their bits of the Windows 8 RTM build.

And with that, the early launches of Windows 8 are now complete. The final date in Microsoft’s official launch schedule for Windows 8 won’t be until October 26th, when OEM makers can start selling PCs with Windows 8 pre-installed.  The general public will also be able to purchase and download an upgrade for their old Windows XP, Vista and 7 PCs to Windows 8 on October 26th for $39.99. People who purchase a new Windows 7 PC right now can get the same upgrade for just $14.99.

Source: Microsoft Windows blog | Image via Microsoft