Earlier today, Microsoft announced the availability schedule for Windows 7 RTM. In OS release cycle, RTM refers to 'Release to Manufacturing' and is the final version of a product just before the General Availability.
Microsoft Partners will be able to download Windows 7 from Microsoft Connect on August 6th and the OEMs will receive Windows 7 RTM software images beginning approximately two days after the official RTM, this will allow them to begin preparing images for new PCs to ship with Windows 7 on them.
For business customers, Windows 7 will be available on August 6th or September 1st depending upon the license and IT Professionals can get their hands on Windows 7 starting from August 6th through their TechNet subscription channel and so goes for the Developers too.
As for the Consumers, Windows 7 will be in retail stores and shipping on new PCs starting October 22nd. Good news for the Windows 7 community is that it has been confirmed by Microsoft that a Family Pack will be offered which would allow installation of Windows 7 on up to 3 PCs. [via Sizlopedia]