Speculation on the deadline at which Microsoft
will release Windows 7 to manufacturing not only abounds but also continues. It all started early in June 2009, when Microsoft revealed that it planned to launch the next iteration of the Windows client
to the public on October 22. At that time, Brandon LeBlanc, Windows communications manager on the Windows Client Communications Team, stated that “Release To Manufacturing (RTM) is an important milestone on the path to GA. We anticipate that we’ll be able to make the RTM code for Windows 7 available to our partners sometime in the 2nd half of July. We also expect to be able to make RTM code for Windows Server 2008
R2 available to our partners in this time frame as well.” Now the Redmond company is saying that Windows 7 RTM will be closer to the end of July.