Reports: Windows 7 heads to RTM June 13

MSDN, TechNet subscribers likely to get final code almost immediately

Microsoft will finish Windows 7 a week from today and declare the operating system ready for "release to manufacturing," several Web sites have reported.

According to GeekSmack.net, Microsoft will declare Windows 7 completed on July 13, the opening day of the company's annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). "Microsoft is still in the process of testing and choosing from the RTM candidate builds," GeekSmack.net added.

Release to manufacturing, or RTM, is Microsoft's term for the stage where development has been completed and the product moves into duplication and distribution.

GeekSmack.net isn't the only site to peg July 13 as Windows 7's RTM date. TechARP.com, which has a solid track record in leaking Microsoft plans, said two weeks ago that the company would announce RTM on that date.

Although Microsoft has said it will start selling Windows 7 on Oct. 22, it hasn't nailed down the RTM, saying only that work would wrap up by the end of this month.

If Microsoft follows past practice, it will probably offer Windows 7's final code to paying subscribers of its MSDN and TechNet services on July 13 or shortly after. In 2006 Microsoft announced Vista's RTM on Nov. 8, and posted downloads to subscribers on Nov. 16. But it's unlikely Microsoft will withhold Windows 7 from MSDN and TechNet for long; when it tried to do that in early 2008 with Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1), subscribers revolted, calling the decision "boneheaded" and "the lamest since Microsoft Bob," the latter a reference to a ridiculed interface that debuted in 1995.

Several Microsoft executives will handle the WPC keynote address on the morning of July 13, including Bill Veghte, the senior vice president responsible for the Windows 7 client business. Veghte has been blogging frequently about Windows 7 on such topics as pricing, which he revealed late last month, as well as the free upgrade program that also kicked off June 26.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags MicrosoftWindows 7msdntechnet

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Gregg Keizer

Computerworld
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?