It might seem that this question has already been answered with “October 22nd” but there are numerous different ways for people to access Microsoft software these days so here’s a complete list:
OEM’s: 2 days after RTM (Release to Manufacture)
Technet and MSDN Subscribers: August 6th in English and October 1st for other languages. *Update* The download will appear, as if by magic (!), at 6pm GMT tonight…so not long left!
MS Partners via the Partner Network: August 16th in English and October 1st for other languages
MS Action Pack Subscribers: August 23rd in English and October 1st for other languages
Volume Licence customers with Software Assurance: August 7th in English and a couple of weeks later for other languages
Volume Licence customers without Software Assurance: September 1st
Home Pack Confirmed:
Microsoft have confirmed (via the Windows Team Blog) that there will be a Windows Home Premium Family Pack, which can be installed on up to 3 machines! However-they have said it will be available in “selected markets” and no more…I’m waiting to hear back as to whether the UK has been selected 🙂 21-07-09 Microsoft have told me they’ll be releasing “more details on the family pack in the near future” so keep checking back for updates!