This is it, Windows 7 is now final. Today the first public release of Windows 7 has been made available to subscribers of Microsoft’s TechNet and MSDN programs. An astounding 893 different images are being made available over three release waves from August 6th to 21st.
The Windows 7 release candidate (RC) is now old hat. In fact, it will begin issuing license expiration messages on February 14th, 2010 – how romantic, Microsoft – before ultimately shutting down every two hours from March 1st 2010.
Meanwhile, as Alex Zaharov-Reutt reported earlier today, Windows 7 release to manufacturing (or RTM) is now available for download to TechNet and MSDN subscribers.
Microsoft is making an astonishing 893 different builds available over the course of three waves.
Wave one has now begun, with all English x86 and x64 retail and volume license editions being published for download.
Additionally, language packs, software developer kits (SDKs), debug symbols and variants are available today in English and other languages.
Wave two commences August 14th and provides French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese x86 and x64 Windows 7 retail and volume license builds.
Wave two also sees the release of Windows Server 2008 R2 in Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, Web and Itanium versions in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese.
For those with different language requirements wave three, on August 21st, will bring about the remaining Windows 7 Client and Windows Server 2008 R2 Editions.
Whichever your language, August is the month for your Windows 7 hit. Undoubtedly there will be many reports on Windows 7 from today and it’s possible big brother Windows Server 2008 R2 may be overshadowed, but for server admins be sure to mark August 14th in your diary.