Microsoft Releases Windows 7 To Manufacturing
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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