Microsoft has released a global Windows 7 release to manufacturer (RTM) timeline for partners and customers but Australian representatives are unsure of exact dates.
According to an official Windows 7 Team blog entry posted by Windows Communications Manager at Microsoft, Brandon LeBlanc, the majority of developers, partners and enterprise customers will have access to the RTM version in early August.
“Independent software vendor [ISV] and Independent hardware vendor [IHV] Partners will be able to download Windows 7 RTM from Microsoft Connect or MSDN on August 6th,” he wrote. “Microsoft Partner Program Gold/Certified Members will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English through the Microsoft Partner Network [MPN] Portal on August 16th.”
LeBlanc adds that OEMs will get the Windows 7 RTM software images two days after the official RTM, while volume license customers with existing software assurance licences will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English from August 7 onwards.
IT professionals with TechNet access will be able to download the software in English from August 6 onwards, and in other languages by October 1. The same timeline applies for developers with MSDN subscriptions.
Users currently using Windows 7 RC will not receive free copies, but LeBlanc reiterated Microsoft’s longstanding promise that beta testing versions will not expire until June 1, 2010.
Microsoft Australia was not able to confirm whether the download access dates would follow rolling time zones or be based on a set location.