People have been dropping hints for a long time that Windows 7 will be available sooner than everyone expects. Now it’s official. Windows 7 will be generally available in stores from October 22nd 2009. RTM will happen late July. Windows Server 2008 R2 will also RTM in this timeframe; the first joint client/server release since Windows 2000.
The Engineering Windows 7 blog has some great content about new and updated features in Windows 7 including themes, parental controls, HomeGroup, media streaming, autoplay and support for solid state drives. (Plus many more features that I haven’t listed here.)
I think you’ll be impressed by the new artwork in Windows 7 that really brings your desktop to life. The themes for this artwork are light, energy, inspiration and optimism. Here’s my favorite, courtesy of Red Nose Studio.