Despite the arrival of a new leaked test version, Microsoft says it has not yet declared Windows 7 final.
In a blog posting late Monday, Windows blogger Brandon LeBlanc said the company still expects to finalize the code later this month.
The blog posting also confirmed that Microsoft plans to make the code available to those in its MSDN and TechNet developer programs within a few weeks after that point. Earlier on Monday, Microsoft said that businesses with volume license deals can get access to Windows 7 starting September 1.
Meanwhile, those who have pre-ordered the software or want to buy it on retail shelves or on a new PC will have to wait until its general availability on Oct. 22.
LeBlanc also cautioned against using code found on the Internet as some leaked versions have contained various types of malware.