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12 May 2009   #1

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Microsoft: Windows 7 release in August '09

Microsoft: Windows 7 release in August '09

Microsoft has officially dropped the façade on Windows 7 in 2010 and conceded that its essentially completed operating system will ship this year.

Windows 7 will be released to manufacturing in about three months, pending feedback on the current release candidate, senior vice president of the Windows and Windows Live engineering group Steven Sinofsky said Monday.

RTM is when the operating system will be considered finished, and mass-production will begin with code pressed on CDs and code sent to OEMs for installation on new PCs.

A three-month date puts the RTM in August, putting PCs running Windows 7 in retail stores in October for the holiday shopping season if the usual three-month production and channel ramp-up is followed.
Acer, the world's second-largest manufacturer of PCs, last month nailed the Windows 7 launch date as October 23.

To put things in some context, Windows XP - the predecessor to the current Windows Vista - was released to manufacturing in the month of August and officially launched that following October.

Sinofsky buried the three-month date deep within a blog posting about Microsoft's release schedule. Ever the player, Sinofsky couched his words in the standard Microsoft corporate caveats. "Ultimately our partners will determine when their PCs are available in the market," he wrote.
RTM will also depend on whether the feedback and telemetry on Windows 7 matches Microsoft expectations. Microsoft is monitoring feedback and telemetry from the current release-candidate phase on devices that are being installed, and drivers, system performance in the areas of start-up and shut down, and the responsiveness of Internet Explorer.
Sinofsky can say Microsoft is monitoring all it wants.

This operating system's a tuned-up version of Windows Vista that's largely finished thanks to the heavy lifting done on that previous version of Windows.

Microsoft is now in the standard, final phase of testing with features locked down. Nothing short of a major code re-write thanks to some hidden architectural flaw, overlooked security hole, or coding gotcha is going to prevent Windows 7 in October.

Furthermore, Microsoft on Monday began talking "customer wins" for Windows 7 among business users, meaning that the company's marketing and communications people - the last phase in the development and delivery cycle - are spinning up. Microsoft cited Pella Corporation, Continental Airlines, and the City of Miami as early Windows 7 wins.
These were very likely existing Microsoft and Windows customers rather than "wins", though, and either signed up or were asked to be early adopters - and given early access to code - because of their size or perceived importance in the build and testing processes.

To help sell Windows 7 to business, Microsoft on Monday used some familiar ideas in connection with these customers: the ability to create a productive and efficient environment, control costs, and security and data protection for corporations and small-and-medium-sized companies. ®
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12 May 2009   #2
Orbital Shark


Nice read, thanks

This is indeed good news
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12 May 2009   #3
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64

Thanks for the info, cant wait

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12 May 2009   #4


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12 May 2009   #5
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

I had already heard that the pending RTMs were being sent out oem in July. The other thread would the article showing MS concerns that new pc sales will slump due to the current recession plus in time for the "back to school" wouldn't come as a big surprize provided no more bugs are found at the last minute.

Well at least I now know what to get someone for a birthday gift in September! That's not the only source dated 5/12 pointing to a possible August date as well.
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12 May 2009   #6

win 7 build 7600.16385 x64

so RTM build will be made in august !!!

so we can expect Windows 7 RTM in torrents by august!!!
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12 May 2009   #7
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

The leaks are actually far less likely since MS will be asking for strict controls when providing manufacturers with the oem release originally marked for July last month. Give 3 months after the companies have it new pcs on store shelves will see 7 preinstalled on those along with... "7 on display"!!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 May 2009   #8

Vista / 7 RC 7100/Virtual XP

Does that mean that all of us who have the RC will have to give it up before the promised date of June 2010?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 May 2009   #9

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

No. It will function until Mar. 2010 and then, from what I've read, start shutting down every 2 hours for some time before ceasing to function. It will apparently warn you 2 weeks before these shutdowns start.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 May 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x32

well thats good to hear. can't wait for rtm, hopefully it wont cost an arm/leg. my guess is that it will be close in price to vista, depending on the version, and such.
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