With little fanfare and with minimal celebrations, Microsoft certified build 7600 as being the build that would be RTM = Released To Manufacture. According to the official blog announcement it states that:
As I mentioned previously, RTM officially happens only after sign-off occurs. What happens is a build gets designated as a RTM contender after going through significant testing and meeting our quality bar for RTM. Then, it goes though all the validation checks required for RTM including having all languages of that build completed. If all the validation checks have passed – sign-off for RTM can occur. Today after all the validation checks were met, we signed off and declared build 7600 as RTM.
What I find humorous is the fact that this is the same build that hit the torrents a few weeks back and that was officially being denied as being RTM. Oh well.