Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Microsoft Denies Windows 7 RTM Leak

Over the weekend rumors had popped up that build 7600 of Window 7 Ultimate edition, in both 32 and 64 bit versions where in fact the Release To Manufacture (RTM) copy of the new OS. Several reports had surfaced that the new build which began popping up on torrent sites on Friday was indeed the real deal. However those rumors had been quickly dispelled and are none completely dismissed by MS.

In a blog post posted yesterday by Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc says, "Over the past week, there have been many rumors surrounding RTM. We are close, but have not yet signed off on Windows 7. When we RTM you will most certainly hear it here. As we’ve said all along, we will RTM Windows 7 when it’s ready. As previously stated, we expect Windows 7 to RTM in the 2nd half of July."

LeBlanc continues with a warning that anyone trying out these "leaked builds" should heed. LeBlanc says, "As always, beware of what you download. There are many bogus copies of Windows 7 floating around the Internet. More often than not, they contain a rather nice malware payload. And don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. When Windows 7 hits RTM, it will be announced here. [on the Windows 7 Team Blog] Until that happens, any builds you are likely to see on the web are either not the final bits or are laced with malicious code."

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