If you are an IT pro who reads the news, you would probably wonder what a Windows 7 release date is. I guess you would understand the heading of this article better if it were "Windows 7 release dates". Well, as far as I am concerned I am still not used to the fact that a software product doesn't have just one release date. Things have become a bit complicated with Windows lately. I wonder if there will be an MCSE exam for Windows 8 release dates. It would probably be as thrilling as the one for licensing. Anyway, for those of you who want to warm up a little for this new exam, here is a short summary of the post in Microsoft's Windows team blog about Windows 7 released to manufacturing release dates:
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Technet subscribers: August 6 in English, October 1 in remaining languages
MSDN subscribes: August 6 in English, October 1 in remaining languages
Software Assurance (SA) customers: August 7, remaining languages a couple of weeks later
Microsoft Partner Network (MPN): August 16
Volume License customers without SA: September 1
Consumers: October 22
I-want-it-right-now IT pros: Probably today in a torrent shop near you
Note: I know that there are advantages if IT pros and Microsoft partners can get their hands on such a complex product before the masses do. This time you have more than two months to get prepared before relatives and friends get on your nerves with those "Where can I find ... now" and "How can I ... in Windows 7" questions. Some of these questions will be answered in the coming weeks on 4sysops. So stay tuned!
By the way, it is also noteworthy that Windows 7 RC will expire only on June 1, 2010. However, it will start rebooting every two hours on March 1. I think this is quite generous of Microsoft considering that the RC is almost as good as Windows 7 RTM.