For those on the Windows 7 RC Program, anxiously waiting the release of the RTM version, your going to have to wait a little longer according to the official Windows 7 blog.
Many were thrilled to hear last week that the RTM was set to debut this week, however Brandon LeBlanc of the Windows 7 team has set the record straight.
We are close, but have not yet signed off on Windows 7. When we RTM you will most certainly hear it here. As we’ve said all along, we will RTM Windows 7 when it’s ready. As previously stated, we expect Windows 7 to RTM in the 2nd half of July.
So without giving away an official date, excited users should look forward to seeing the release in the weeks following the mid-month hump.
The RTM or “release to manufacturing” is the last stage of development in an operating system, and is nearly identical to the retail shipped version. The RTM will not be available to the general public for free, or as an upgrade to the RC2 version. It slated to be released only to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, as well as Volume License customers.
Users using the RC2 versions of Windows 7 may continue to do so until June 1st 2010, however it should be noted, that those who purchase the full retail version will have to perform a clean install of the operating system, and will not be able to upgrade directly.