A new build of Microsoft’s next generation operating system, Windows 7, has apparently been leaked into the wild, and screenshots are starting to appear. The new build carries the revision number 7600, a marked change from previous releases.
Starting with the release of the first beta back in January, Microsoft has used a 72xx numbering system, with each build a higher number and more refined. The jump to 7600 represents a major increase, with the most likely explanation being that Windows 7 build 7600 is the version being released to manufacturers. Windows Server 2008 R2 has seen similar screenshots being generated.
GeekSmack reported earlier that Microsoft was aiming for a July 13th RTM, or release of the final build to manufacturers. If that’s the case, then Microsoft, for once, actually seems to be on target. Manufacturers need copies of the final OS revision months in advance so as to prep products, drivers and support.