The final version of Windows 7, otherwise known as Release to Manufacturing, will be released on the 6th of August to hardware and independent software vendors via MSDN and Microsoft Connect.
The announcement was done by Brandon Le Blanc, Windows Communications Manager at Microsoft on the Windows's Blog, who replied numerous times in the comments section of the blog to the many questions that the RTM release date generated.
Beta testers who are members of Technet will be able to download Windows 7 RTM shortly afterwards; ditto for MSDN subscribers. Volume License Users with Software Assurance will get access to Windows 7 RTM 24 hours alter while those without will have to wait until the 1st of September.
Windows 7 RTM will be available only in English initially with all other languages available on the 1st of October. OEMs and System Integrators are set to be allowed access on the 8th of August
Microsoft Partner Program Gold/Certified Members will have to wait until the 16 August with Action Pack subscribers getting access one week later.
Beta testers and the rest of us will have to live with Windows 7 Release Candidate until the 1st of March 2010 after which the operating system will start rebooting every couple of hours.
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By then though, users will have hopefully already upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional, both of which will have been out for 5 months already by then.
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