Windows 7 Release Candidate is here (for MSDN and TechNet subscribers)

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Today, we unleashed the Release Candidate of our next general purpose client operating system, Windows 7, for download by MSDN and TechNet subscribers. For the rest of us, we must wait until general availablity on May 5th, 2009.

Here on Channel 9, we will be posting several interviews next week covering all facets of Windows 7, beginning May 5th. Stay tuned.

Microsoft says: "Today Microsoft Corp. has reached a significant milestone with the Release Candidate (RC) of the highly anticipated Windows 7 operating system, now available for download to MSDN and TechNet subscribers at Broader public availability will begin May 5 on the Microsoft Download Center at The RC milestone is a result of feedback from millions of customers and partners around the world. It indicates the operating system is entering the final phases of development and is ready for partners to develop new applications, device drivers and services, and ready for IT pros to evaluate Windows 7 and examine how it will operate in their environment."


The Discussion

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      this was the best beta OS I have ever used.  Please make some commercials to battle the idiotic apple ones.  They prey on ignorant people with those muck racking tactics (blame the other guy means i'm innocent BS!).  I have a mac with Leopard on it.  It crashes, it requires software upgrades which require it to restart , it sometimes just hangs and I cant even use the task manager to kill culprit. 
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    servers seems to be pretty hammerd.. im not able to get either key or iso Tongue Out and this is only for the msdn subscribers.. i wonder how things will be on tuesday Smiley how they beef up the servers soon, i'd hate to have to revert to torrent sites :/
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    I agree with Moemeka best OS beta ever!! Runing stable with RC no problems at all. Great pc gaming performance as well i was surprised since Vista beta was picky with everything. Great Job MS!!
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    Rohit wattal
    i Must say windows 7 rocks....!!!!!!!!!!!1 in all the ways  be it toggling around windows frommtask bar or using the indexing feature every part of W7 is amazing...i'm anxious enough to wait for RC.....
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    I'm really impressed with the decrease in boot times (full and from hibernation) from RC. Coming out of hibernation is speedy. Also, great job on the audio improvements in RC, Mr. Osterman. Niner Paolo and team have knocked desktop search out of the park. I need to go talk with Michael Fortin et al to learn more about the improvents in SuperFetch and perf/reliability generally.

    Amazing release, Windows team!


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