Mary Jo Foley reports that Microsoft bigwig Bob Muglia told an audience at the Worldwide Partner Conference that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 “will RTM together in the coming few days.” That’s consistent with every single official and unofficial message I’m hearing from Redmond. Sometime in the second half of July, which starts in a few days.
Brandon LeBlanc has an excellent update at the Windows Team Blog, including this welcome news:
MSDN & TechNet Subscribers […] will be able to download the final version of Windows 7 a few weeks after we announce RTM.
MSDN and TechNet subscribers, as well as Volume License customers will have access to product keys (PIDs) when Windows 7 is made available to them. Product keys for Windows 7 RTM will be different than the product keys used for Windows 7 Beta and the release candidate. Windows 7 Beta or RC product keys *will not* work with Windows 7 RTM.
If your job involves Windows, you should have a TechNet subscription. If you’re a Windows developer, you should have an MSDN subscription.
Meanwhile, the transcript of Bill Veghte’s keynote from WPC yesterday gave me a brief start this morning. I practically did a spit take when I read the opening sentences and saw this: “This morning we will release Windows 7 to manufacturing.”
How could I have missed that? Answer: I didn’t. I watched the video replay of Veghte’s remarks and heard what he really said:
This month we will release Windows 7 to manufacturing.
“Oh,” as Emily Litella might have said. “That’s different.”
Moral of the story: Don’t believe everything you read.
For another example of why that advice is so important, check out my report at ZDNet on how our elite technical press totally botched a big story yesterday:
Adding: In the comments, Krystalo notes that Emil Protalinski at Ars Technica flagged this late last night in an update to a post from earlier in the day. The Ars update gets it wrong, in my opinion, by concluding, “It looks like someone sent out an old draft copy of a transcript for the keynote…” The implication, of course, is that Veghte was supposed to make the announcement but it was delayed at the last minute and Microsoft forgot to make the necessary edit. If you follow the link I provide above, however, it’s pretty clear that this is in fact a transcript (you think all of the Q&A was that scripted?), prepared after the fact by a professional transcribing service that got one word wrong. Early in my professional career I edited transcripts of interviews for a university; I know how easy it is to get a word or two wrong.
Update 14-July 11AM Pacific: The transcript has now been corrected and this note added to the top: “Editor’s note – July 14, 2009 – Bill Veghte’s remarks have been updated to correct Windows 7 release to manufacturing timing information due to a transcription error.”