October 22nd. That’s the day you can walk into your local retailer and pick up a copy of the newest Windows OS.
The news was reported earlier today on The Windows Team Blog, which had this to say:
Some people may not be able to wait for Windows 7 to arrive before having to order a new PC (like parents who are sending their sons or daughters off to school who need of a PC to take with them). Fortunately, there is no need to wait. Soon, customers will be able to take advantage of the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program. This program enables participating retailers and OEMs to offer a special deal to upgrade to Windows 7 for customers purchasing a qualifying PC. I’ll be doing another blog post about this program with a date and more details when we get closer to availability.
Obviously, Release To Manufacturing (RTM) is an important milestone on the path to GA. We anticipate that we’ll be able to make the RTM code for Windows 7 available to our partners sometime in the 2nd half of July. We also expect to be able to make RTM code for Windows Server 2008 R2 available to our partners in this time frame as well.
So Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2. With four out of 5 PCs in our home on Windows 7 RC already, it’s going to be an expensive year because I just don’t see myself going back to Vista.