Heads up, Windows 7 fans. Microsoft is offering the “release candidate” for its upcoming operating system for download from April 30.
As its name implies, “release candidate” or RC is the last pre-release version to be tested before it goes out commercially. The early RC date seems to show that Microsoft is on time to release this much-anticipated OS some time in late 2009 or early 2010.
Windows 7, rightly or wrongly, has received favourable reviews and is being touted as the best OS from Microsoft so far. This comes after the much-maligned Windows Vista was widely criticised by many corporate users, who have chosen to stick with Windows XP (I’m one of the few happy Vista users apparently, having got over the initial hiccups).
If you are an MSDN or TechNet subscriber, look out for the download come April 30. The broader public will be able to get their hands on the pre-release OS on May 7.
Still new to the fuss about Windows 7? Check out our test of an earlier Windows 7 beta here. Aaron had pretty good things to say about it.