Rumor: Windows 7 RTM sign off set for July 13?

Wzor is claiming that the final sign off is set for July 13th. According to a translation, this is the final roadmap for Windows 7:

FINAL ROADMAP FOR WINDOWS 7 [CLIENT-SERVER]:
6/1 - 6/19 BUILDING RTM ESCROW - already assembled RTM ESCROW.
6/22 - 7/10 RTM RECALL - assembly and search for candidates to the final RTM release.
7/10 WINDOWS 7 RTM FINAL BUILD TARGET - build day "gold code".
7/13 WINDOWS 7 RTM SIGN-OFF - the date of signing the final RTM release!

We previously reported that Windows 7 could RTM at the end of this month, but if Wzor is correct. and that's a big if, it looks like we may now have a final RTM date. Wzor is stating that the latest RTM branch build is 6.1.7263.0.win7_rtm.090619-1900, and the latest build in the winmain branch is 6.1.7233.0.winmain.090614-1655, and that the next winmain assembly will be the final RTM build.

We're still waiting on pricing information for Windows 7, and the final release date is still set for October 22.

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Win 7 would be ok if more software developers would start playing catch up. To this day I'm still having issues with Punkbuster playing some games using it. Damn API kicks etc driving me nuts.

'reply to this comment' doesn't seem to work.

I fixed it for you:

"Ah, just as I expected. I had a "too good to be true" feeling from the start. But hey, at least they're sticking to the initially purported date."

That chart doesn't look right to me. Where is Symbian? You're telling me the iPhone runs on more phones than Symbian? That's hilarious. If anything those numbers HAVE to be for the US.

darkmanx21 said,
That chart doesn't look right to me. Where is Symbian? You're telling me the iPhone runs on more phones than Symbian? That's hilarious. If anything those numbers HAVE to be for the US.


Lol wrong topic mate

darkmanx21 said,
That chart doesn't look right to me. Where is Symbian? You're telling me the iPhone runs on more phones than Symbian? That's hilarious. If anything those numbers HAVE to be for the US.

lol, are you using windows mobile to read this? :P

I don't get why people bother speculating. Although I can't say if the date is real or not, but it might just be a desired or tentative target date for them. But in theory the true RTM date wouldn't be known till they deem the build as good. Which I think is currently in the works, considering the point of an escrow build is put it in full scrutiny mode, where they actively monitor for show stoppers.

stezo2k said,
i do. dont read it if you dont like it

ignorance is bliss

You care what? That a RTM announcement is made EVERY WEEK on here? That nothing RTM has leaked? Wow............

Hey at least we're getting information on what's happening. Just because it's not finished doesn't mean we can't get somewhat accurate information about the process. It's not like one extra story is going to fill neowin's bandwidth limit...

BoDEAN said,
You care what? That a RTM announcement is made EVERY WEEK on here? That nothing RTM has leaked? Wow............

You asked who cares. He cares. Q&A session finished.

BoDEAN said,
That a RTM announcement is made EVERY WEEK on here? That nothing RTM has leaked? Wow............

They were rumors, not announcements. Rumors are not always correct, so we publish the next rumor.

If you don't care, why do you even read and comment on these articles? Why not read and comment on the articles you care about? That is the beauty of choice...

Ah, just as I expected. I had a "too good to be true" feeling from the start. But hey, at least their sticking to the initially purported date. :P

Gary7 said,
WZOR has been right about 99% of the time.


Seems a bit much. Didn't they also say that Microsoft was supposed to sign off on the RTM a few days ago?

I read on a lot of sites that MS is currently building RTM builds and choosing the final build. Everyone says that they only "sign" it when that build suits to the needs of MS. And they will compile builds until Microsoft in happy with one of them.

I have a single question: Why??
Build 6260,6261,6262,6263,... they are all the same, isn't it?
Why does it take so long to decide and chose?

(I'm sorry I don't know that much about OS builds)

Soldiers33 said,
bugs, fixes? theres lot reasons.


How can they find bugs in 1 or 2 days while thousands of people are testing the RC for months now?

Mercy0001 said,
How can they find bugs in 1 or 2 days while thousands of people are testing the RC for months now?

(I'm sorry I don't know that much about OS builds)

Quite.

Mercy0001 said,
How can they find bugs in 1 or 2 days while thousands of people are testing the RC for months now?

You can't expect all feature teams to submit bug fixes at the same time though. I mean Feature Team A might of got a bug fixed earlier than a bug from Feature Team B.

Because it's news? Or are rumors not news to you? Do you automatically know of a rumor before you hear it? No? Then it is news, because it is new knowledge to you.

How so? You hadn't heard those opinions before, had you? Therefore, when you heard them, after reading this article, it was new to you. Information which is new to you is news. Therefore, this is news.

Whos Wzor anyway? And theres to the guy wanting to get it on MSDNAA theres NO chance. It took FOREVER to get Vista on MSDNAA. MSDN and Technet though thats a different story

...and one that apparently doesn't read/speak English well enough to tell the difference between "RTM build testing beginning" and "RTM DONE DONE DONE!!!!" 8P

Gnome said,
It feels like Longhorn is finally ready to be RTM'd. Yay Microsoft!

*giggle* Longhorn was the codename for Vista. We are talking about Windows 7! Haha!

Lorne R said,
*giggle* Longhorn was the codename for Vista. We are talking about Windows 7! Haha!

He's a hater. Linux REALLY needs more like you Gnome...

I find it sad that you guys are basing this post solely off a posting on WZOR's site. Surely you have sources to verify this stuff?

Edit: and the latest rtm escrow build isn't 7263, it's 7264:

6.1.7264.0.win7_rtm.090620-1900

Indeed. And let's note that Wzor previously announced that "RTM was happening now!", while those of us who actually KNOW what's going on stated clearly that RTM BUILDS were starting now and that Windows 7 would RTM mid to late July. Which is...um...now what they are saying... 8P

Yep. As far as I know, Windows 7 RTM will only be available to Microsoft's partners, PC manufacturers, and MSDN/Technet subscribers.

warwagon said,
To bad they don't don't sell it on july 14th for everyone who wants to own it before the release date.

This would be impossible, obviously, seeing as it's going to take them a few months to print packaging with codes, ship in quantities, etc.

sphbecker said,
It woudn't be impossible if they sold it as a download and shipped the box at a later date once supplies cought up.

Or just have a discounted download only version. where you make your own DVD.

They will, sort of.

If you have a subscription with MSDN (my new one will be activated literally any minute now) or, um, TechNet, you should be able to download Win7 on RTM day, or very shortly thereafter.

I don't see an "extra month" anywhere? I see three days from the final gold build to the signing off. What month are you referring to?

dagamer34 said,
I guess the extra month between RTM and release compared to Vista is to make sure the launch goes smoothly.

You're talking between July and October (which is 3 months)? This is because it takes OEMs around 2-3 months to test the release and configure it according to their plans, not to make it go smoothly. This is the same as all the previous versions of Windows.