Windows 7 Release Candidate: Build 7100 is final - Update
Microsoft is said to have finalized Windows 7 Build 7100 - the version of the Release Candidate. This has been reported by several websites referring to well informed sources.
Several websites claim that Microsoft has compiled Build 7100 of Windows 7 on April, 21. This Build is said to become the Release Candidate. Insiders expected the jump in versions already. The previous Build was version 7088. Thus it seems like Microsoft is on schedule for the development. The Release Candidate was intended to be final in the last week of April and apparently the test version of the new operating system was ready before this date. Distribution to Microsoft partners is said to begin on May, 5. It is expected that Microsoft will announce the general availability of the release Candidate between May, 11 and May, 15. Around that time the Tech Ed 2009 is taking place.
A Chinese website wants to have learned that Microsoft is planning a second Release Candidate of Windows 7, which will be released as Build 7200. The final version is supposed to follow in September or October (Build 7300). Like it has been the case with Windows Vista, the retail version is expected to hit the markets in early January. OEM versions for computer system manufacturers are supposed to be shipped before Christmas.
The development of the RTM is said to make good progress in the meantime and apparently reached Build 7115.
Update: April 24, 2009
In the meantime the English version of Windows 7 Build 7100 in 32 Bit and 64 Bit has leaked to the World Wide Web. Screenshots prove that the day of compilation is April 24, 2009. Insiders at Microsoft or one of the OEM partners are supposed to be responsible for the leak. Apparently the leaked version is the Ultimate Edition of the operating system that runs with the same key as Build 7000.
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