Windows 7 to launch October 22; RTM next month

Windows 7 to launch October 22; RTM next month

Summary: A Microsoft spokesperson just confirmed for me the news I first read a few minutes ago in a story by Ina Fried of CNET News.The official date on which Windows 7 will be available for general purchase is October 22, 2009.

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A Microsoft spokesperson just confirmed for me the news I first read a few minutes ago in a story by Ina Fried of CNET News.

The official date on which Windows 7 will be available for general purchase is October 22, 2009. The RTM code will be delivered to partners at the end of July.

In addition, Microsoft has confirmed its plans to make an upgrade option available for PC makers to offer customers who purchase a new PC with Windows Vista between the beginning of the "Tech Guarantee" period and the general-availability date.

I'll update this post with additional details as they become available.

Updated 3-June-2009 5:00AM PDT

Microsoft's press release with details of the announcement is now available. The official word came in a speech by Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President of the OEM Division, in a speech at the Computex tradeshow in Taipei:

Today during a keynote address at Computex 2009 in Taipei, Microsoft’s OEM Division Corporate Vice President Steve Guggenheimer revealed that the company is confident with the progress made with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, and that as a result, Microsoft will deliver Release to Manufacturing (RTM) code to partners in the second half of July. Windows 7 will become generally available on Oct. 22, 2009, and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be broadly available at the same time.

“As we’ve said many times, quality is our primary goal,” Guggenheimer said. “We announce each milestone once we’re confident of where we are in the development cycle and that it is ready to be shared with customers and partners. We’ve received great feedback from our partners who are looking forward to offering Windows 7 to their customers in time for the holidays.”

In addition to this, Guggenheimer announced that Microsoft will make available an upgrade option, so partners can offer customers the ability to purchase a Windows Vista-based PC and install Windows 7 when it’s ready.

“Microsoft has been working closely with partners to help our mutual customers be able to enjoy the many benefits of Windows 7,” he said. “With that in mind, we’re excited to say that there will be a Windows upgrade program available. Consumers can buy that new PC, whether for a student heading off to college or just because they need a new one, and know they’ll get Windows 7 as part of the deal.”

The actual start date for the program will be announced when it is ready for consumers, and partners are ready to provide details to customers.

One interesting detail in Guggenheim's speech is an update on a device platform developed in collaboration with Fugoo LLC and first announced at CES in January. The idea of these devices is that they "fall somewhere between smartphones and ... full-featured small notebooks." Examples include "personal navigation devices, portable media players, set-top boxes and networked TVs."

In addition to the Fugoo-based devices, Microsoft showed off a small, Internet-enabled device based on Nvidia's Tegra computer-on-a-chip technology.

Further details on Windows 7 pricing and the technology guarantee program are expected by the end of June.

Topics: Windows, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software

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  • Hats off. I rather like 7. Will welcome the RTM come July!

    A bit sooner than expected though. Not that I'm complaining.
    honeymonster
    • I also like Win 7

      But then I really do not hate Win Vista. I like Win 7 better however.
      Baer
    • I agree, this is good news

      My tests of Win 7 have been very good, much better than Vista was at the same point in time, and I'm very much looking forward to upgrading my day-to-day machine to Win 7.
      Speednet
  • Do you know if beta keys will work?

    Will the existing beta keys work (and still expire of course) or will people without MSDN (etc.) have to stick with RC1 until the RTM hits retail?

    I'd like to convert my Vista HTPC to Windows 7 RTM but I don't use that machine for development/testing (not often anyway) so using an MSDN key on there would be rather naughty.

    Using a beta key, if they work, then paying for a retail key once they're available would be ideal. Anyone know if that will be an option?

    (While I've had the beta and RC1 on some VMs an old/spare machine, I've been holding off installing it on anything I use day-to-day as I can't be bothered reinstalling when it expires. i.e. RTM is what I've been waiting for, but now I wonder which machines I'll be able to get a legitimate key for it.)
    LeoD
    • doubtful

      you most likely wont be able to use the RC/Beta key's, however Vista/7/2008/2008 will allow you to install without a key and you can slmgr to extend the activation deadline by 30 days as needed.

      Net result, RTM Windows 7 without a license key for up to 120 days. Once you get a key, slap it in and activate, maybe have a sandwich?

      - Sam
      JoeMama_z
      • I was going to say the same

        but a flat no on the beta keys working. Could you imagine how much trouble someone would get into if all those beta keys worked for the final release? It would be a huge deal.
        LiquidLearner
        • No trouble if they expire *after* RTM hits retail

          Obviously it'd be stupid if beta keys let people use Win 7 RTM free forever, but doesn't it also seem stupid to not allow beta users to upgrade to the proper RTM code once its ready?

          RTM + beta key could expire shortly after the RTM's retail release date.

          Makes more sense to me than forcing people who beta tested Win 7 to continue using beta/RC code when the RTM code is finished and available to Technet/MSDN. What's the advantage of keeping testers on an old, buggy version which they have to reinstall over at some point anyway?

          If the beta key still expires then it shouldn't affect sales.
          LeoD
  • RE: Windows 7 to launch October 22; RTM next month

    Hooray! We finally have a release date. Mark October 22nd down in history as this will be the day the best version of Microsoft Windows yet will be released.
    Loverock Davidson
    • Considering how low the bar is

      that's not saying much. But hey, maybe we'll be able to say even more than that. We'll see.
      Michael Kelly
      • Aw come on, OS X and Linux aren't that low.

        :-)
        No_Ax_to_Grind
    • Loverock, you've been in the...

      bathroom to long. I keep telling you doing that will cause hair to grow between your fingers.

      Win7 is what SP2 should have been. MS sold us a crap OS like ME and now wants us to pay for their mistakes. LOL!
      sykandtyed
      • You say "I keep telling you that"

        I have never seen your nic before. "Awf Tin Wong" is a fitting, yet quite childlike in nature, nic however.
        <br>
        zkiwi, is this you again with another new persona?
        xuniL_z
  • Win 7 RTM

    I've been greatly impressed with Win 7 (running Beta and RC for some time now), however...their "Live Essentials" apps really really suck! MS needs to come up with something better, even if it is only released later on.

    The biggest embarrassment is the Windows Movie Maker Live, which is a huge come-down and massive disappointment, after the quite good Movie Maker on Vista. Yes, I know Live MM is a beta, but it's so dreadful that it never should have been released at all.

    MS needs a Windows 7 answer to iMovie, not this awful Windows Live Movie Maker crapola.
    Cosmo54
    • Word!

      Never been a big fan of movie maker, but WLMM is terrible.

      Unintuitive AND severely reduced functionality doesn't make for a compelling product, and right now everything coming from Microsoft needs to be compelling.
      JoeMama_z
      • Give Movie Maker a break ...

        ... they're completely rewriting it from scratch.

        The version that is currently available for download is just an early taster - there's a TON of stuff being wrapped up right now that will meet or exceed every one of the prior version's capabilities.

        A little patience ... ;)
        de-void-21165590650301806002836337787023
        • +1

          Nicely said.
          The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • live essentials?

      I agree, but I never got as far as Live MM. The e-mail, messenger, and search clients were clumsy to set-up, and every time I re-booted, do it all over again. The duties they perform are essential, but with Thunderbird, Pidgin and such available, why bother with crap? Outlook/outlook express were never perfect, but not bad. No shortage of IM clients, or search stuff either. MS should have stuck with a seemingly first-rate OS and left the apps to others.
      olddogv
      • Good apps

        Actually, Live Essentials including Live Mail are top notch applications. Live Mail in particular is by far the best free email client out there. As for Thunderbird, it hardly compares to Outlook Express -now that's crap.
        mgarcia@...
  • At the END of July? Nah....

    RTM will probably be at the 7th of July. (7/7/2009) Source: http://www.itwriting.com/blog/1489-windows-7-july-rtm-october-22-launch.html
    jlandheer
    • I think that's "(Windows 7) July" not "Windows (7 July)" n/t

      n/t
      LeoD