By Harry McCracken | Friday, April 24, 2009 at 4:49 pm
Enough with the rumors, educated guesses, and BitTorrent leaks: Microsoft is saying when it’ll release Windows 7 Release Candidate 1, the version that’s likely to be the last major one before the OS is finalized. As Ina Fried reports over at Cnet, developers who are members of Microsoft’s MSDN program can download it on April 30th; everyone else will get it on May 5th. The RC will feature a lot of minor tweaks compared to the beta, but if it involves any surprises it’ll be…surprising! Absent wild-card scenarios like government interference, it seems all but certain that the computers folks buy for back-to-school season and the holidays will get the shipping version of the OS.
I’ll install it and share thoughts when I can get my hands on it; if you give it a test drive, I’d love to know what you think.