Close sources from within Microsoft have tipped off Winrumors that Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 has finally hit the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) milestone. MSDN and TechNet customers will receive the RTM bits on February 16, followed by a general web release (RTW) on February 22.
According to sources close to the matter, Microsoft sent out internal announcements to mark the RTM of Windows 7 SP1 in January. Russian site Wzor confirmed the RTM too and has leaked several versions of Windows 7 SP1 for various languages.
Microsoft has yet to publicly announce the RTM milestone, and has declined to comment on the matter to various websites requesting information. Previously the company had only hinted at a release sometime in the first half of 2011 on the Windows Team Blog saying that "Windows 7 SP1 will be available in the first half of 2011 through the usual channels." Brandon LeBlanc, Windows Communications Manager on the Windows Client Communications Team said that "For Windows 7, SP1 is simply a combination of updates already available through Windows Update and additional hotfixes based on feedback by our customers and partners."
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