Microsoft Officially Announces Windows 7 Release Date, Sort Of
Article by George Norman
On 12 May 2009
Now that the Release Candidate of Windows 7 has been rolled out and even updated to solve a bug in the 32-bit version of the operating system, everyone is wondering when will Microsoft put the finishing touches and release the final and stable version of Windows 7? According to Acer, its Z5600 PC will not come pre-loaded with Win7, but the company will sell the OS starting with the 23rd of October. Acer is a respectable company and if European President and UK General Manager say Windows 7 will drop by September 23rd, we can only take their word for it – or we could turn to the Redmond-bases software giant itself and see if it has something to comment.

Until now Microsoft has kept quiet on when Windows 7 will reach RTM (Release to Manufacturing) and GA (General Availability) status; now Senior Vice president of Windows Business with Microsoft, Bill Veghte, has broken the silence and has shed a little light onto Windows 7’s release date – it will be ready by the holidays; by Christmas customers that want to purchase a PC pre-loaded with Windows 7 should be able to do so.


“Microsoft is committed to ensuring that IT professionals and developers continue to have the platform and technologies to drive maximum value and business results. Getting the most out of IT investments is even more important in today’s economy. With early RC testing and extensive partner feedback we’ve received, Windows 7 is tracking well for holiday availability,” said Bill Veghte during his speech at the Microsoft TechEd North America 2009 event.

So there you have it: official word from Microsoft, confirming the fact that Windows 7 RTM will be rolled out by the end of the year; it is not a very precise release date, but it comes straight from Microsoft and should put a stop to speculation on when the OS will be released onto the market (we already suspected it will be rolled out by the end of the year). All you can do now, in expectation of Windows 7 RTM, is download the Release Candidate (RC) and put it to the test – download locations and activations keys available here.

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