Windows 7 RTM download RSN; Steven Sinofsky FTW!

Looks like the Windows 7 RTM build will be ready for download real soon now; so Ballmer has promoted Steven Sinofsky, the Windows engineering SVP. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers cheer and jeer, while predicting the final release date.

By Richi Jennings: your humble blogwatcher, who selected these bloggy morsels for your enjoyment. Not to mention really interesting data visualizations...

Todd Bishop moves diagonally:

Steven Sinofsky, the no-nonsense Microsoft executive credited with bringing new discipline to Windows engineering, [is] the company's newest divisional president. ... The promotion signals the company's confidence in Sinofsky's revival of its flagship product -- coming just as his team puts the finishing touches on Windows 7.


A 20-year Microsoft veteran, Sinofsky was shifted to the Windows division in 2006, after Windows Vista was repeatedly delayed. Before that he oversaw Microsoft Office development -- establishing a reputation for leading efficient, on-time development projects. He also has a reputation for keeping things low-key and under wraps. ... Following Windows Vista's troubles, Sinofsky has pushed the Windows team it to be more selective and deliberate.

Gavin Clarke tells us what it means:

Windows 7 is not yet for sale - or even officially finished - but it's already been judged a success. ... Sinofsky had led overall development of Windows 7 as senior vice president of the Windows/Windows Live group. ... The change comes almost a year to the day since Microsoft's last reorganization ... [which] followed the exit of then platform and services division president Kevin Johnson.

Ballmer is clearly satisfied with Sinofsky's work on Windows 7 and the promotion was likely part of an agreement for completing a successful job. Sinofsky came to Windows having delivered different versions of Office on time - and in the wake of the Windows Vista debacle.

David Worthington doesn't mince words:

With Sinosky’s hands further up the reins, I expect that the company will not soon repeat mistakes that delayed Windows Vista, and ship future versions of Windows on a more predictable schedule.

But Joe Wilcox says it should have happened sooner:

The only problem with Microsoft naming Steven Sinofsky president of the Windows division is the timing. He deserved this promotion long ago. ... Microsoft was wrong to wait. ... Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer left this important division leaderless for far too long. ... [Sinofsky] lacked the real authority given to leaders of the four other Microsoft divisions.


What really bugs me: Today's announcement -- late as it is -- might have been rushed. ... [It] stinks of Microsoft's ridiculous management practice of following Google. Google does this, so Microsoft does that. ... Sinofsky and his team have done a marvelous job turning the Vista disaster into Windows 7's bright future. He deserves more respect than this.

Adrian Wong has the inside track on release dates:

The latest RTM date for Windows 7 is now July 13, still within the mid-July timeframe announced by Microsoft. ... Although there have been rumours that Microsoft might not make the earlier July 13 deadline for the RTM of Windows 7, our source indicates that Microsoft is firmly on track for the July 13 release date.


In addition, Microsoft will compress the delivery of Windows 7 language waves, with all 36 languages set to be released within RTM plus 15 days. Originally, Microsoft planned to release ... over ... 101 days.

Paul Paliath agrees, and knows why:

Through our sources close to Microsoft, we can now confirm that the Windows 7 RTM build that will be chosen over the next few days will be officially announced on July 13th, 2009, the same day as the WPC09 (Worldwide Partner Conference) will take place in New Orleans.


Microsoft is still in the process of testing and choosing from the RTM candidate builds as they need to ensure that all show-stopper bugs present in the OS have been eradicated to ensure as much of a smooth, bug-free release as possible. TechNet, MSDN, and other partner connections will be getting their hands on the RTM build shortly after, if not on the same day.

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