Fantastic news yesterday, Microsoft announced at the final timeframe for the release of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. You can read the full Microsoft press release here.
It was rumoured these would be before year-end, and the Official Windows 7 Blog Posting confirmed yesterday, the RTM code will be available to partners from mid-July and Windows 7 is expected to be in the shops beginning October 22nd.
Details of Windows Server 2008 R2 release dates were broadly expected to be aligned to the Windows 7 dates. You can find further information on the Official Windows Server Division Blog.