During the past couple of weeks of playing with Windows 7 RC version, I personally have found no bugs to report. This version of Windows, in my opinion, appears to be ready for prime time. I sent Microsoft a short blurb with my opinion during a recent survey I completed. But I am being over optimistic?
Well according to the Windows 7 blog, if all goes as planned, the RTM version could be released as early as August. According to the blog report it states that:
There has been quite a bit of speculation and chatter around the timing of milestones for Windows 7. Of course folks want to know when Windows 7 will become available in stores and on new PCs. We’re in a good position today to provide an update to the timing of when we expect for that to happen. I’m really excited to be able to give this update – particularly given what it takes to deliver a high quality OS to millions of partners, customers, developers and the entire ecosystem.
Our approach to the development of Windows 7, as we’ve highlighted in the past, has been tied to people like you around the world contributing in real-time by testing our key Windows 7 milestones – from the Pre-Beta we handed out to PDC attendees last year, to the Windows 7 Beta, and now the Windows 7 RC which we recently released for everyone to try. Steven Sinofsky outlined this milestone-to-milestone approach in this blog post back in January. And today, Steven highlights the path to our next milestone for Windows 7 – RTM, or release to manufacturing. RTM is the final stage for the engineering of Windows 7.
If the telemetry we receive from the Windows 7 RC meets our expectations in terms of quality, then we expect to hit RTM in 3 months or so.
So with all of the speculation around the Internet, it does appear that Windows 7 will be released in time for this holiday season.