Microsoft has announced that the Release Candidate version of Windows 7 will be available to the public as a free download on May 5. And since the RC version seems to be pretty much finished (I have not tried it), then it's essentially giving it away for more than a year: as mentioned earlier, it won't expire until 1 June next year.
Hmmm, learn from Vista they have (or so it seems)
It also locks your computer (or starts the screensaver) while watching video. I'd buy it just to get rid of that.
well the terms of all past pre-relase packages from MSFT say that you must update to the RTM version when that becomes availible. I would not expect this to change.
they give the pre-relase a large window "just in case" there is a delay.
but in a few months when the RTM goes live you will have a legal requirement to stop using the rc bits.
I am sure some folks will hack it etc... but that's another story.
I think Win7's developement is a lot smoother than Vista. We may see RTM earlier. I can't wait. I love Win7 Beta.
We may see RTM earliermagicalclick said:I think Win7's developement is a lot smoother than Vista. We may see RTM earlier. I can't wait. I love Win7 Beta.
Acer's UK MD has already boldly announced the RTM date: 23rd October
I don't know where/how he got that info on the RTM at this point, but he seems confident.