BILL VEGHTE in kis keynote announed that “This morning we will release Windows 7 to manufacturing.” “I'm pleased to announce that September 1 the Windows 7 volume licensing will be available, and I'm pleased to announce here today that we will do a limited time promotion on Windows 7 for volume licensing, depending on the volume, and geo, of between 15 and 35 percent discount for your customers.” As previously stated, we expect Windows 7 to RTM in the 2nd half of July. You can continue to use RC until it expires on June 1st, 2010 (expiration starts March 1, 2010 – this is when the reboots start – final expiration on June 1.
Once Windows 7 is complete: MSDN & TechNet subscribers will be able to download the final version a few weeks after the RTM. MSDN and TechNet subscribers, as well as Volume License customers will’ve access to product keys (PIDs) when Windows 7 is made available, which’re different than the keys used for Windows 7 Beta and RC.
More info: Windows Blog