Windows 7 Released to Manufacturing

Manufacturers and developers get their hands on what could be the final version of Microsoft's next generation OS.

In the words of Microsoft: “I am pleased to announce that Windows 7 has RTM’d!”

This was the expected news on the Windows 7 official blog late yesterday after the software giant spelt out the Windows 7 RTM dates on Tuesday and what has been officially labelled build ‘7600’ is now starting its roll out to manufacturers and developers for final testing with their hardware and software.

“Today’s release is the result of the amazing amount of feedback we received from the millions of people who tested Windows 7 – from Beta to RC,” said communications manager Brandon LeBlanc. “We actually had over 10 million people opt-in to the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP). That’s a lot of people opting in to help us make Windows 7 a solid release. Through CEIP, our engineers were guided by customer feedback all the way to RTM. We also have had a great group of beta testers who have dedicated a great deal of their time to testing Windows 7 too. A special thank you goes out to all the people who helped test Windows 7.”

Conversely the Windows 7 7600 build will not see a widespread release to consumers with Microsoft targeting just the professional manufacturers and developer space. I suspect given Windows 7 RC year long licence the company also wasn’t keen on giving users yet another extended reason not to buy the software when it launches globally on 22 October. Like previous builds Windows 7 RTM requires a clean install (excusing any hacks found) and won’t upgrade from either the Beta or RC.

If you are absolutely determined to try Windows 7 RTM check the torrents. It’s already burning up the bandwidth of ISPs everywhere…

Windows 7 RTM Blog Announcement

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