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Windows 7 RC Date Officially Confirmed

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Mark your calendars, Microsoft has given us the official Windows 7 RC date

It’s official. Finally. Windows 7 Release Candidate will be publically available for your testing purposes – for FREE – on May 5.

This shouldn’t come as a big surprise as Microsoft accidentally leaked a download page listing May 5 as a date for the download, with MSDN and TechNet subscribers getting it a little bit earlier. Today, we’ve learned about that date as well.

Windows Communications Manager Brandon LeBlanc wrote on the Windows Team Blog, “I’m pleased to share that the RC is on track for April 30th for download by MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Broader, public availability will begin on May 5th.”

The Release Candidate incorporates many changes and fixes since beta build 7000, partially thanks to feedback from millions of testers. LeBlanc said that at the peak of the feed back cycle, the team was receiving a “send feedback” report every 15 seconds.

To read more about some of the changes in the RC since the beta, check out the links below:

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    ll nerdy ll , April 25, 2009 8:24 PM
    what does rc mean?
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    kyeana , April 25, 2009 8:27 PM
    ^Release Candidate

    Happy days
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    kyeana , April 25, 2009 8:30 PM
    Now the next question is Ubuntu 9.04 or Windows 7 RC1 for my laptop...
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    kodamakage , April 25, 2009 8:39 PM
    RC means: release candidate
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    kyeana , April 25, 2009 8:50 PM
    ^Alpha testing actually comes before the Beta testing
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    christop , April 25, 2009 8:54 PM
    So will this be a download on Microsoft site?
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    tester3000 , April 25, 2009 9:01 PM
    kyeanaNow the next question is Ubuntu 9.04 or Windows 7 RC1 for my laptop...

    I'd go with Windows 7 RC. I just feel that linux doesn't have a firm place in the market as a primary OS. You will miss some things from Windows 7
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    kyeana , April 25, 2009 9:08 PM
    ^Very true, however i mostly do coding on that laptop and i absolutely love the multiple workspaces feature that ubuntu has. Great for organization.
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    michaelahess , April 25, 2009 9:26 PM
    I wan't to know the RTM date.....
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    thedipper , April 25, 2009 9:29 PM
    Win7 has some really nice window organization (for people with larger monitors mostly), but no multiple desktops yet :( 

    Windows is a little too mainstream, we'd hear too much "I pressed the desktop2 button where did everything go!?!?!"
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    eddieroolz , April 25, 2009 10:13 PM
    Great, I still have time to reinstall before my university term starts :) 
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    Anonymous , April 26, 2009 12:25 AM
    Will this also expire officially in August? And does anyone know if it will be available on Microsoft's site for download? I would very much like to try it as my primary operating system now is the official beta- I luvessss it!
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    deltatux , April 26, 2009 1:06 AM
    Unlike other people, I rather stick to Vista since I don't see any reasons for me to upgrade. Vista actually run pretty well on my systems. Mac OS X is better, but on my desktop PCs, Vista isn't bad. Does almost everything I can do on a Mac and Linux + run my games.

    Probably, I'd only shove Windows 7 into my media centre because native H264 playback on my media centre would be nice instead of relying on those third party filters that doesn't integrate with Windows Media Center well.
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    LATTEH , April 26, 2009 1:26 AM
    so then i can DL the RC for free? im a little confused is the the same as the one you buy at the store or will it run out or somthing?
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    brother shrike , April 26, 2009 4:37 AM
    ^^It runs out and it isn't the final version.
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    brother shrike , April 26, 2009 4:39 AM
    @jhansonxi: you're wrong. The software release cycle goes alpha->beta->RC1->(RC2)->gold/release
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    chise1 , April 26, 2009 4:42 AM
    The RC expires on June 1, 2010.
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    zerapio , April 26, 2009 6:03 AM
    LATTEHso then i can DL the RC for free? im a little confused is the the same as the one you buy at the store or will it run out or somthing?

    LATTEH, it's not the same one you buy at the store. There will be (minor) changes and critical bug fixes between this version and the one sold at stores or Released to Manufacturers (RTM). Pre-release versions such as this usually expire after a certain date so that prevents you from using a free copy of Win7.
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