By Ed Oswald | Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 10:41 am
Microsoft took to its official Windows blog Monday night to say that despite rumors to the contrary, it had not yet signed off on releasing Windows 7 to manufacturing (commonly called RTM). It reiterated its second half of July timeframe for the release of the next-gen Windows product.
Windows team member Brandon Leblanc said that there was quite a bit of work ahead before Windows 7 could RTM, especially in the area of localization. He also addressed the leaking of build 7600, which has begun to appear on file sharing services.
While not specifically saying it isn’t the final build, he did say that its leaking did not indicating hitting any type of particular milestone in Windows 7’s development. Here’s his own words:
Another thing to keep in mind is that when we do a specific build internally of Windows 7 we have an extensive step-by-step validation process to ensure quality. This process takes time. Just because a single build may have “leaked” it does not signal the completion of a milestone such as RTM. As always, don’t believe everything that you read on the Internet – except this post ;-).
In other words, wait a little longer. In any case it won’t be long – the “second half” of July starts tomorrow.