Windows 7 Release To Manufacturers July 13th

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Twitterspeak: OMG RTM@WPC

July explodes onto the scene as reports of Windows 7, version 7264 flood the internet. Why the excitement, what’s different about this version? Well, first off the beta and RC1 license keys that have been so abundantly supplied by Microsoft, will not activate the software. This is a sure sign that the RTM release day is close. Additional evidence is noted by changes in the EULA. All references to “development” have been removed, and while there are other more subtle changes, these are enough for me.

It’s certain that 7264 won’t be the final version as others have already surfaced, but it’s clear that the previously bantered date of July 13th for the RTM is likely accurate. Sites like Computer World back that theory up with information on the WPC keynote speakers scheduled for that mornings Worldwide Partner Conference. This is where we’re likely to see the official announcement.

Wide acceptance of RC1, Microsoft confirmation of retail pricing, and strong support for Preorder Promotions, continue to keep interest keen on this much anticipated release. Windows 7 Home Premium is reported to be the number one software being offered on Amazon and according to Cnet, is also the number one electronics item for the online retailer.

The Beta version of Windows 7 has already started it’s slow and painful death which will dramatically culminate on August 1st, 2009. You can still download the RC1 version which will remain active until June 1st., 2010, so you better jump while you can. While you’re at it say “seeyalaterbye” to Vista as it sinks quickly into the depths.

It’s getting real hard not to take advantage of the Preorder Promotion.

UPDATE 7.14.2009

In a post to The Windows Blog, Brandon Leblanc quiets some of us restless types, saying Microsoft has yet to sign off on Windows 7. You can read his post here. Looks like General Availability is still on track for October 22.

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Cnet

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ComputerWorld

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20 thoughts on “Windows 7 Release To Manufacturers July 13th

  1. All you have to do is wait for about a month or two to see what others say about Win 7 and then decide whether to buy it or not, easy stuff if you ask me.

  2. I really do not understand what all the fuzz is about. I have used all Windows operating systems since 3.11. I run my present machine with Vista Ultimate and I have also tried Windows 7 Beta and Windows 7 RC and, yes, I have also installed IE8. I have not had significant problems with any of them. I think, Microsoft should be congratulated to bring out a complicated operating system like Windows 7 Beta with so few bugs. I have written computer programs myself and I cannot remember a single one which originally did not have bugs in it.
    I wonder whether I am just blessed or whether the complainers are somewhat unreasonable.
    Sure, I would like to see some features implemented differently. I sometimes question Microsoft’s philosophy of trying to be all things to all people.But can you really argue with their success?

  3. i dont know much about windows 7 but if its anything at all like vista i dont think i want to know vista is the most unuserfriendly os i have ever seen i would go back to win 95 before i would use vista. my friends and family come to me when they have problems but lately some of them have gotten new coms with vista on them. i have stopped working on anything with vista and therefore i am losing my hero status with my friends and family. i have been totally happy with xp and i say if it aint broke dont fix it. i have no desire to buy a new os it appears to me that ms is just throwing stuff together to make new operating systems and trying to force us to upgrade to them. new does not mean better vista is proof of that. i have heard rumors that ms is going to discontinue support for xp if they do i think ill just throw all ms products in the trash and try something else

  4. I’ve run XP Pro now for several years and it has worked reliabley….never did try Vista largely because of all the negatives associated with it, let alone the cost.

    I like Linux, Ubuntu 9.04 AMD64, but I have some serious applications problems with it and I cannot find a suitable driver series for my Brother All-in-One printer/scanner/copier.

    (FYI: W7 RC1 detected the Brother device and loaded Microsoft drivers that all worked.)

    So, exploiting the MS offer of half-price-for-upgrades, I’ll upgrade XP to W7 Pro, run my apps in XP Mode and dual-boot to Linux.

    I don’t now, nor have I ever had, any issue with Microsoft and the prices it charges for its products. If the company is so bad and its products so poor, why does it enjoy nearly 90 percent of the PC software market worldwide?

  5. Got a new laptop about a month too early to take advantage of the free upgrade. I tried about 20 times to load XP on it, but failed. Tried all sorts of things, but something just isn’t letting me do it. So, I tried Win 7 RC, and decided it’s worth $50 to get Vista off my new computer. The wireless connection is quick and doesn’t nag me like XP did. I don’t use MSIE, so I don’t know if IE8 is any good. Tried WIBU, and it works quite well, but I haven’t had time to really set up anything beyond the initial setup.

  6. DON’T BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HAVE USED IT FOR OVER A MONTH NOW AND IE KEEPS CRASHING!!!!!!!!!! MANY BUSINESS AND WEBSITE DOES NOT USE IE8. I HAD TO DOWNLOAD “FIREFOX” TO MAKE IT BETTER!!! IE8 AND WINDOWS 7 IS ANOTHER FLOP FOR MS AND THEY WON’T ADMIT IT!!! I AM SWITCHING TO “LINUX”, WHERE IT IS FREE AND THEY WORK BETTER THAN MS!!!!!! MOST OF THE APPS ARE JUST AS GOOD IF NOT BETTER!!!!! I WILL NOT SUPPORT OR BUY ANOTHER VERSION FROM MS!!!!! AT THE BEST THEY COULD GIVE “WINDOWS VISTA” A FREE UPGRADE TO “WINDOWS 7”

  7. I cant beleive M/soft want to sell us the new windows 7 after the rubbish vista o/s I have had nothing but trouble with vista for the last two years, its been a complete ripoff and is nowhere near as good as xp which I never had any problems with at all. Come on Microsoft give us a free update to windows 7, you owe it to us. I for one will be getting a Mac if you don’t give us recompense for the crap you sold me last time.

  8. I say if Windows 7 fixes the conectivity problems and vidio driver problems I have been having for the last 2 year, then bring it on and I will shell out the cost. I have a quad 4 processer screaming machine I built running in 32 bit mode. The vidio card I have is top end but the system crashes at higher resolution. Vista ultimate is cripling my machine. If windows 7 doesn’t fix some of these problems I am wiping the system and switching to Mac.

  9. Really the only reason why we are upgrading is because Vista is in general !”£$ infact it is more like vista SP4. and XP is outdated, I can’t go back to it after running 7 RC1. So I will continue to use it and see what happens to the pricing once they realise no one wants to pay on top of what they did with Vista, also a lot of manufactors will need to release new drivers many have not because they say that computer model is not supported. Plllllllllllllleeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaasssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
    I would almost consider Apple if my puter wasn’t so nice

  10. Yes, the upgrade path from Vista Ult to W7 Ult exists. MS just didn’t give a promotional discount to W7U Upgrade, as they did to the Home Premium and Pro versions.

  11. In regards to this comment posted:
    To the OP What are you blind?
    there’s a Win7 Ultimate you silly
    and I thought Vista users were already getting a MONSTER discount if not free upgrade to Win7

    I think that he meant that the upgrade path from Vista Ultimate to Win7 Ultimate is non existant.
    MS clearly wants to make money from Ultimate, and thinks that the curent ultimate purchasers will fork out again.

  12. To the OP What are you blind?
    there’s a Win7 Ultimate you silly
    and I thought Vista users were already getting a MONSTER discount if not free upgrade to Win7

  13. Sure would like to see Linux get a little more user friendly. Like installing hardware,and modem. Then I would say by to Microsoft.

  14. I agree with the statement above, for all that we put out for Vista Ultimate or Premium, we should get a very healthy discount on Windows 7 equivilant since we invested so much on an OS like Vista that was not all it was cracked up to be. Those of us that are working to “Test Windows 7 should get a great deal on the “Released” version key as well, just for going thru the testing & evaluating of the newer version.

  15. So, are we Ulimate subscribers just left hung out to dry with no choice for a version that did nor deliver and left with only Premium or Professional? Wake up Microsoft! What do we have for our money with Vista Ultimate over the others?
    Give us a very big discount on ultimate upgrade as it NEVER delivered!

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