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Our Next Engineering Milestone: RTM

Our Next Engineering Milestone: RTM

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Today marks an important milestone in the Windows 7 project. The Windows 7 team is proud to share with you that a short while ago we have started to release Windows 7 to PC OEM and manufacturing partners. This means our next major milestone will be the availability of PCs loaded with Windows 7 and store shelves stocked with Windows 7 on October 22, 2009.

This is a milestone we could not have achieved without the broad participation across the PC Ecosystem we have talked so much about on this blog. Windows 7 is a product not just of Microsoft, but of a whole industry of partners of all kinds. Throughout the development of Windows 7 we’ve seen an incredible engagement from so many people that have contributed to making the Windows 7 engineering project one we, collectively, feel good about. The feedback and collaboration throughout the development of Windows 7 has been outstanding and valuable beyond measure. This work has created the kind of experience so many of you have talked about in this blog—the ability to use a broad range of PC hardware and peripherals with a great setup and out of box experience. On behalf of the Windows team and all of the successful installations and device connections, please let me extend an incredible “thank you” to all of our hardware partners who have done such excellent work.

Windows 7 has also been one of the most broadly and deeply tested releases of software we have ever had. Starting with a pre-beta in October of 2008 with a few thousand developers using Windows 7 at the earliest stages, through the Beta, and then the Release Candidate in May when we have had millions of people successfully running the product (and many on multiple PCs). As we have discussed in this forum, the ongoing depth usage of Windows 7 along with the breadth and variety of hardware and software configurations has provided (and will continue to provide) the key tools to make sure we continue to deliver ever-improving Operating System quality.

In developing Windows 7 we also set out to have a great dialog with you, perhaps our strongest critics and our biggest supporters. We know you expect a lot from Windows 7 and you demand a lot from the team that builds your OS. This blog has helped to bring significant issues and important decisions to light and we have debated them—here and elsewhere. Along the way we have definitely learned a lot about working together and also about many specific issues that are important to you. We have worked hard to find the right balance across many diverse points of view and we hope you share our feeling that we’ve done a good job at being open, honest, and transparent in how we have approached engineering Windows 7. The conversations we had on this blog have been a memorable part of developing Windows 7 and in our hallways, in Redmond and around the world, we’ve spent collectively thousands of hours discussing and acting on the feedback you have provided here.

While we have reached our RTM Milestone, no software project is ever really “done”. We will continue to monitor and act on the real world experience with Windows 7—we’ve used the Beta and RC process to test out our servicing and we have every intent of doing a great job on this important aspect of the product. Hardware partners will continue to provide new devices and improve support for existing devices. PC makers no doubt have quite a bit in store for all of us as they begin to show off PCs specifically designed for Windows 7’s new APIs and features. Software developers will have lots of new software to show off as well. All of this is yet to come and is very exciting.

Software projects on the scale of Windows are pretty rare and our team has a lot of pride, and as we have said so many times, is humbled by the responsibility. We are going to continue to learn and continue to improve how we engineer our products, with the aim of being the very best engineers we can be and delivering the very best OS for the world’s varied customers. Being an engineer is about learning and that learning comes from the experience gained in designing and delivering each release. Together we’ve learned and together we’ve engineered a wonderful product.

We know there are lots of questions about how to get Windows 7 and when, and of course more questions to come about exploring and using the full set of Windows 7 features. Our Windows Team Blog today has posted a lot of new information and gathered up some important details that we hope will answer your questions. Please check our blog and stay in touch on the in-market developments of Windows 7 there.

The final few minutes before RTM are a sign-off process where each and every team that contributed to Windows formally commits to having successfully executed the work necessary for the product to be in the release process. We gather one last time (for Windows 7) in the “Ship Room” and a representative from each team signs (literally) and signifies their team’s readiness for manufacturing. We thought we’d share this moment with you here today.

On behalf of the Windows 7 engineering team we want to thank you very much for your contributions throughout development and your contributions yet to come to Windows 7. THANK YOU!

Next stop, October 22, 2009!

--The Windows 7 team

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  • Damn MS you are still ignoring the shell/Explorer problems as if they don't exist. I request you to ship a hotfix for them and incorporate them by Windows 7 Service Pack 1:

    1.  Make Autorefresh/autosorting optional in Explorer. It is too annoying for some users.

    2.  Alt+Enter for Properties is broken in left pane. What does it take to fix this?

    3.  Status bar doesn't show size, free disk space and zone; details pane doesn't show size without selection, doesn't show size with selection after 15+ files and requires clicking "Show more details" for every selection change thereafter. Details pane only shows size between 1-15 selected files. Folder tooltips don't show complete size if folder is large.

    4.  Column handler extensions still broken because of deprecating IColumnProvider. If there is no replacement, please include IColumnProvider and make it off by default.

    5.  Network activity animation still not restored.

    6.  Security tab missing for multiple files and folders. Setting permissions on multiple files isn't easy with Icacls.

    7.  Can't apply Group Policies that apply only to Vista or only to XP because the reworked filter dialog is missing that.

    8.  Pressing Shift does not bypass Autologon at the Welcome screen.

  • Cool. So when does the Windows 8 blog start ? ;-)

  • No "THANKS TO YOU" for using our feedbacks and allow us sharing your hard work, by this way we (you and us) obtained a magnificent Version of OS and its name is "Windows 7".


  • great work guys, cant wait for windows 8 beta

  • And just why wasn't Raymond Chen shown in that video?

    You idiots, there would not be an Windows 7 without him!



  • First. Congratulations on shipping Windows 7. It truly  shines as an OS.

    I am going offtopic here, but please hear me out. I have been asking this in a lot of forums so far.

    I came across this blog while tearing my hair out trying to find out why the Media Center in RC was not working the same way as the Public Beta.

    I'll give a little bit of background. I was using the Windows 7 Beta version in my HTPC and I was absolutely and totally thrilled with it.

    The Music Library especially was awesome since I *always* have music playing. But in the RC some major changes were done which, in my opinion, kinda reduced my enthusiasm.

    1. M4A - Apple Lossless support. The beta could read and import m4a Apple Lossless files perfectly and without any tag plug-ins! Imagine my surprise when I find my entire library perfectly (let me emphasize PERFECT) shown in the Media Center. Now I realize it could not play the lossless files out of the box, but that could be easily corrected by using any of the available quicktime DS filter.

    In the RC, the behaviour was changed so that only m4a AAC files are recognized. However, now I find I have no way of adding my M4A Lossless files even though I can play them perfectly using WMP/W7MC.

    Can you please help me out with this? Any workaround such as using some particular dll from beta will also satisfy my need.

    2. This is the second issue. This is about the <artists> view in W7MC. The beta used the contributing artist tag in the <artists> view, however this was changed. This enabled Multiple artists support and was a dream come true. There was a reference to ShadowChaser's comment about "Album Artist" tag being the way CE devices and ipods work. This is wrong.Ipods and most CE (I have verified using a Creative, an iRiver and a Sansa device which probably is 98% of the market), all use Artist tag.

    Is there a way to enable the earlier behaviour? Any workaround will do. As of now there is no difference between artists and album artists view in W7 Media Center

  • Congratulations to the the Win7 Team!

    I've enjoyed the latest RC and I shall enjoy Win7 for home and work.

    Thank you for the hard work!

  • Conguratulations !!

    i'm south korea user, I enjoy W7 :-)


  • Congratulations!

    Will there be engineering Windows 8 blog?

    It would be also nice to have more generic future of Windows blog where we could discuss more about major features and changes which would be nice to have but are difficult to implement for some reason.

  • Totally unfair that you're giving copies only to technical beta testers. Just because public beta crowd doesn't get invited doesn't mean they care less about Windows, haven't worked hard enough to find and report bugs and don't deserve a copy? This is pissing off the public beta testers. I understand that Microsoft simply cannot give away copies to such a large audience as the public beta but why can't do you it like you did for Vista? Give copies depending on the number and quality of unique bugs?

  • Congratulations team..awesome work !!

    Looking forward to Engineering Windows 8 :)

  • Great Work Windows 7 Team(s)!  A little story - I was just at Barnes and Nobles to get some coffee, and to read the latest CPU magazine.  and to my shock and awe, Mr. Alex St. John "The Saint" in his column, was actually giving you Excellent reviews of Your Windows 7 OS!!  Anyone who reads his column knows, For the past two years he's done nothing but blast and breath fire on Vista.  Now you probably don't give a rat's ass what he says anymore, but to get a glowing review after about two years of breathing fire on Vista means you must truly have something special here!  I agree, I believe this is the OS that will make me forget XP, and Vista.  I guess now it's  looong vacation time right? ;^}

  • Thanks for the "Best Darn OS" that is available.

    All my customers are trying the 7100 build and are ery pleased with how intuitive and easy Windows 7 is to use.

    I would like to see some comments on licencing for resellers.

    Great Job!

  • You know what, I turned off the Tabs in Internet Explorer.

    Now, with the advent of Windows+Tabbing, Alt+Tabbing, and miniature preview of individual tabs, when hovering over the icon in the new taskbar, I want to get to my individual tabs by Windows+Tabbing as well. And I just cannot. Alt+Tab and Windows+Tab skips all the open tabs except one. And that becomes even annoying.

    For that reason, I just dropped Tab support of IE so that it's easier for me to Windows+Tab.

  • Congrats!!!

    ... now if you could only put the topics of this blog into a  book called 'Engineering Windows 7', (and perhaps some other tasty tit-bits) I'd be first in the queue to buy it :-)

    Excellent job well done... and thanks for being more open and transparent with us this time - must appreciated

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