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Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM’ed

Windows7RTMBanner Microsoft released Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 to manufacturers (RTM) today.

REDMOND, Wash. — July 22, 2009 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, the next versions of its flagship desktop and server operating systems. With the completion of this development phase, industry partners are readying products in time for the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 worldwide general launches. 

I am pleased to announce that Windows 7 has RTM’d!

As I mentioned previously, RTM officially happens only after sign-off occurs. What happens is a build gets designated as a RTM contender after going through significant testing and meeting our quality bar for RTM. Then, it goes though all the validation checks required for RTM including having all languages of that build completed. If all the validation checks have passed – sign-off for RTM can occur. Today after all the validation checks were met, we signed off and declared build 7600 as RTM.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Reaches the RTM Milestone!

The acronym stands for Release to Manufacturing, and it means this latest release of Windows Server 2008 R2 is now blessed by engineering as ready for the manufacturing process. We're talking final code. Sun shining, birds singing, children dancing in the streets.

Today is a really big day at Microsoft and more importantly for our customers. Both Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 (our FREE standalone Hyper-V Server) have both been Released To Manufacturing (RTM)!! If you haven't seen the announcement on the main Windows Server blog, be sure to check it out.

The bits can now find their way to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Microsoft Certified Partners, Microsoft Registered Partners, Software Assurance Customers, MSDN Subscribers, TechNet Subscribers as explained here.

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Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 11:38 PM by Sander Berkouwer

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