Over the weekend there was a lot of hoopla (which I was a part of) about Windows 7 reaching the RTM stage of engineering. This turned out to be false (as usual it seems), after Microsoft officials made it clear that Windows 7 is still not done yet. Brandon Leblanc of the Windows 7 Team blog this evening added further clarification about Windows 7 reaching RTM along with information on availability and how you can prepare for the upgrade when it makes its way to new PC’s and store shelves this October 2009.
Over the past week, there have been many rumors surrounding RTM.
We are close, but have not yet signed off on Windows 7. When we RTM you will most certainly hear it here. As we’ve said all along, we will RTM Windows 7 when it’s ready. As previously stated, we expect Windows 7 to RTM in the 2nd half of July.
Windows 7 will be available in many languages from around the world. For us to consider RTM “done”, it requires that all languages be completely finished. So there is a lot of work that needs to take place for us to finalize all languages of Windows 7. We also need to get to a point of “global readiness” with our partners. Our partners being ready for Windows 7 is extremely important to RTM. As Steven Sinofsky mentions in this blog post in May, RTM isn’t a single point in time. It’s the beginning of the next “process” for Windows 7. At RTM our partners begin their final preparations for Windows 7, including testing and building images for new PCs. RTM is essentially the final “stage” of engineering for Windows 7 before it hits the market at General Availability (GA). As Steven notes, engineering continues on Windows 7 from RTM until GA on October 22nd.
Another thing to keep in mind is that when we do a specific build internally of Windows 7 we have an extensive step-by-step validation process to ensure quality. This process takes time. Just because a single build may have “leaked” it does not signal the completion of a milestone such as RTM. As always, don’t believe everything that you read on the Internet – except this post ;-).
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I can understand the anticipation for the new release. What I personally cannot get is the craziness over build numbers. As Brandon noted, I will stay tuned only to the Windows Team Blog and Microsoft’s PressPass websites from now on for the latest on Windows 7’s development news as it approaches RTM.