Windows 7 released to manufacturing: Well done Microsoft...

Posted by Minnaar Pieters 23 Jul 2009
Windows 7 Screenshot

While I was not so complimentary to Microsoft in my previous post, I have to be impressed by their latest release of Windows. Instead of the traditional method of trying to create massive amounts of hype like they have with every previous version, MS has been rather low key with the release of Windows 7. And the funny part is, the reviews up to now on it have been so positive, many people wonder why they havent just released it yet.

Yesterday the Windows Blog announced that they have finally released to manufacturing - which is great news. What this basically means is that Windows 7 is still on target for a official retail release of October 22. Enterprise and MSDN customers will obviously get it a whole lot sooner.

"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 General Availability (GA) of Windows 7 on October 22nd. As always, current Windows Volume License customers, MSDN subscribers and TechNet subscribers will get first customer access, getting Windows 7 on August 6 (MSDN/TechNet) and August 7 (VL), and Windows Server 2008 R2 the second half of August."

Also great news: Similiar to Apple, Microsoft is releasing a "family pack" with 3 licences of Windows 7 included, but pricing is still unclear. So then you can upgrade all the machines in your house in one swoop....

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