In addition to being Independence Day in Jamaica tomorrow 🙂 , Microsoft will provide Windows 7 RTM to a select group of customers. Here is a quick reminder of the groups that can download it:
OEMs: ISV (Independent software vendor) and IHV (Independent hardware vendor) Partners will be able to download Windows 7 RTM from Microsoft Connect or MSDN on August 6th
ISVs and IHV partners: August 6 (downloadable via Microsoft Connect or MSDN)
Microsoft Gold certified resellers: August 16 (downloadable from the partner portal in English only); October 1 (other language)
TechNet/MSDN subscribers & Microsoft Connect: August 6 (English only); October 1 (other languages)
Windows 7 Technical Testers (invite only): August 6 (English only), if you selected retail box, you might not receive your copy until October 22nd or later because of the time it takes to manufacturer the product boxes.
Microsoft “Action Pack” subscribers: August 23 (English only); October 1 (remaining languages)
Volume licensees with existing Software Assurance license: August 7 (downloadable from the Volume License Service Center in English);
Volume licensees without a Software Assurance license: September 1 (downloadable from the Volume License Service Center)
Consumers: General availability begins October 22. Retailers and OEMs will be offering new systems preloaded with Windows 7 and copies of Windows 7 at retail on that day.
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