If you haven’t heard, it’s official! Windows 7 will be available beginning October 22nd.
It will be available in multiple flavors in most markets- Starter, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate. A "Windows 7 Basic" will also be sold in emerging markets.
Engineering I think this is an OS that people is going to make more people happy! If you don’t have the Release Candidate and would like to peek inside and understand the Engineering behind it, make sure you check the team blog at Engineering Windows 7.
RTM: The RTM(Release To Manufacture) code for Windows 7 will be available to partners sometime in the 2nd half of July.
Upgrades? Customers will be able to take advantage of the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program. This program enables participating retailers and OEMs to offer a special deal to upgrade to Windows 7 for customers purchasing a qualifying PC.