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On Wednesday, Microsoft has officially announced the release of the Windows 7 operating system for the purpose of manufacturing and distributing to partners and in a few months, to the general consumer market. It also revealed information regarding the release of Windows Server 2008 R2, which is Windows 7′s server operating system counterpart.

The bits making up the Windows 7 operating system have been released to manufacturing, and are being written on DVDs at the time this article is being written. This final version of Windows 7 (build 7600) has been released to hardware vendors as well, in preparation for it to be released as an OEM software on desktops and notebooks.

This type of software release is known as an RTM or Release To Manufacturing. “What happens is a build gets designated as a RTM contender after going through significant testing and meeting our quality bar for RTM,” explains Brandon LeBlanc. “Then, it goes though all the validation checks required for RTM including having all languages of that build completed. If all the validation checks have passed – sign-off for RTM can occur.” Brandon Leblank is a Windows Communications Manager at Microsoft, and he is also in charge of The Windows Blog, an official blog hosted by Microsoft where insider information on the Windows operating system is being brought out to the crowds.

However, even though the bits are being pressed into DVDs and there’s no going back, the operating system will not be available to the general public until October 22nd, and August 6 is the date when select customers such as partners and developers, will have access to Windows 7.

Aside from Windows 7 and its server counterpart, Windows Server 2008 R2 also RTMed on Wednesday, and that will be available on or before Windows 7′s availability date of October 22nd. It will be available exclusively for 64 bit environments.

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The controversial Internet Explorer browser can now be uninstalled from the Windows 7 operating system, complying with the numerous objections of the European Union under the claim that the inclusion of Internet Explorer in Windows violates the competition law.

Starting with Build 7048 of Windows 7, the notorious Internet Explorer browser, now at version 8, can be uninstalled from the Programs section of the Control Panel. Internet Explorer 8 is now an option in the large list of windows features just like Solitaire, Internet Information Services and the .NET Framework.

Although Microsoft has yet to comment on the move of making Internet Explorer 8 an option in Windows 7, many speculate that this is in reaction to the numerous objections that the European Union has made against the inclusion of a web browser within the Windows operating system.

Earlier this year, once again the EU has charged Microsoft with violating the European competition law by including the Internet Explorer browser in the Windows operating system for the past 13 years, and gave Microsoft two months to respond to these charges.


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The Microsoft Developer Network has opened a new blog that has already gained plenty of popularity – ‘Engineering Windows 7′ – and it deals with the development process of Windows 7, while listening for feedback from fans.

The listening ear of Microsoft has opened at where two senior engineering managers, Jon DeVaan and Steven Sinofsky are posting information on the process of engineering Windows 7 and listening to suggestions and questions from the audience.

According to the two bloggers, the Windows operating system is assigned to a variety of teams, and each time consists of about 40 developers. These teams have remained fairly consistant over the years, and some of the large teams include:

  • Applets and Gadgets
  • Assistance and Support Technologies
  • Core User Experience
  • Customer Engineering and Telemetry
  • Deployment and Component Platform
  • Desktop Graphics
  • Devices and Media
  • Devices and Storage
  • Documents and Printing
  • Engineering System and Tools
  • File System
  • Find and Organize
  • Fundamentals
  • Internet Explorer (including IE 8 down-level)
  • International
  • Kernel & VM
  • Media Center
  • Networking – Core
  • Networking – Enterprise
  • Networking – Wireless
  • Security
  • User Interface Platform
  • Windows App Platform

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