July 22nd 2009 – Steve Ballmer signed off the RTM builds for both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 at the annual sales kick-off event in Atlanta. This is big news for us all at GFI.

Video of signing: Windows 7 Sneak-Peak from MGX

Congratulations to the engineering teams of both products! I am personally very much looking forward to using the latest code, as I was well impressed with the quality of the RC. The next question would be of course : When will I get it? The Microsoft Windows Team blog answered just that in their recent post titled “When will you get Windows 7 RTM?”

In summary:

ISV (Independent software vendor) partners
IHV (Independent hardware vendor) partners
Microsoft Connect August 6th 2009
Microsoft Partner Program – Gold Certified Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) August 16th 2009
Microsoft Action Pack subscribers   August 23rd 2009
OEMs   2 days after RTM
Volume License customers with Software Assurance Volume License Service Center August 7th 2009
Volume License customers without Software Assurance Volume License Service Center September 1st 2009
Technet & MSDN subscribers   August 6th 2009
BETA Testers No free update No free update
Everyone else Retail stores October 22nd 2009

Read more about the widespread build availability prior to October 22nd 2009.

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