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Windows 7 goes RTM

Microsoft releases final version of Windows 7 to PC manufacturers ahead of October launch

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Microsoft has announced that it has released the latest version of the Windows OS, Windows 7, to its PC manufacturing partners.

Windows 7 went ‘RTM’ yesterday, ahead of an anticipated global launch on 22nd October, allowing PC manufacturers to carry out their own testing and begin installing the new operating system on PCs.

The final RTM code is not substantially different to the code that was available for testing in July, Microsoft said, and the company has been completing long-term testing in the interim.

Writing on Microsoft’s Windows 7 blog, Brandon LeBlanc, Windows Communications Manager said: “Not only is RTM an important milestone for us – it’s also an important milestone for our partners. Today’s release is the result of hard work and collaboration with our partners in the industry to make Windows 7 a success. We delivered Windows 7 with a predictable feature set on a predictable timetable that allowed OEMs to focus on value and differentiation for their customers.

“Our customers told us what they want (and expect) and we defined those specific experiences and then built features to support them. Windows 7 today runs great on the broadest array of hardware types ranging from netbooks to high-end gaming machines. We worked closely with OEMs so that their PCs delight customers with the new features in Windows 7,” he added.