Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 released to manufacturing

, posted: 23-Jul-2009 09:54

Microsoft have announced that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 has been released to manufacturing today.

The final (RTM) versions of Windows 7 will apparently be available for download from August 6. Initial access will be MSDN and Technet subscribers. The following day the operating systems will be available for all Microsoft customers who have Software Assurance agreements covering their Windows 7.

Actual availablility dates are likely to vary based on locality as when Microsoft announces online availability it typically relates to U.S. dates so access from locations such as Australia and NZ is usually 1 calendar day later.

It is understood that Microsoft's Gold and Certified Partners will be able to download Windows 7 from 16August, with Microsoft Action Pack subscribed Partners having access from August 23.

Retail boxed copies of the software (including the new family pack for 3 computers) will be available from October 22 worldwide - as will new computers with Windows 7 included.

It appears that Windows Server 2008 R2 will be available at a similar time to Windows 7, however Microsoft have mentioned that customers will not have access to registration keys until the second half of August.

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