RTM day is here! Those of you who have suffered under the angry thumb of Vista need fear no longer. Windows 7 is heading off to the manufacturer now. That means it's been signed-off on by the developers and has gone through a bunch of testing to meet Microsoft's RTM standards. The 7600 build of Windows 7 finally made it through the last of those checks, and now it's been let loose.
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In the press release, team member Brandon LeBlanc had this to say;
“Today’s release is the result of hard work and collaboration with our partners in the industry to make Windows 7 a success. We delivered Windows 7 with a predictable feature set on a predictable timetable that allowed OEMs to focus on value and differentiation for their customers.”
Over the next couple of days, recognized software and hardware vendors will become available to download Windows 7 RTM from Microsoft Connect or MSDN. The current set date for this is August 6th. If you're a Microsoft Partner Program Gold or Certified member, you'll be able to download the RTM on August 16th, while Action Pack subscribers can do so on October 23rd. All language support is expected to be out by October 1st.
General availability for Windows 7 will come on October 22nd. That's still a bit of a wait away, but at least now we know it's one big step closer to completion.