Microsoft announced that it has sent its Windows 7 code to RTM, this means by next week some OEMS will receive the software.
According to the Windows team Blog,the final build completed, all the validation checks have passed and now it’s ready.
“The RTM code will be delivered to our partners within the next few days who will then start preparing to deliver some amazing new products timed to hit at GA of Windows 7,” Brandon LeBlanc said in a blog post.
Here are the dates when Windows 7 will be available for the specific customers:
ISV (Independent software vendor) and IHV (Independent hardware vendor) Partners: August 6th, 2009
Microsoft Partner Program Gold/Certified Members: August 16th, 2009
Microsoft Action Pack Subscribers: August 23th, 2009
OEMs: Approximately 2 days after we officially RTM
Volume License (VL) customer with an existing Software Assurance (SA):- August 6th, 2009
Volume License customers without a SA license: September 1st, 2009
IT Professionals with TechNet Subscriptions: August 6th, 2009
Developers with MSDN Subscriptions: August 6th, 2009
Other customers (retail): October 22nd, 2009
For general public Windows 7 will be available on market on Oct. 22,which is known as “General Availability” or GA day. Microsoft says that, those who preordered Windows 7 under a discount offer will also get the OS on Oct. 22.Also Windows Server 2008 R2 will be available on or before Windows 7’s October launch date.