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Windows 7 already at RC by April 10th?

updated 12:05 pm EST, Sat February 21, 2009

Windows 7 RC Apr 10 Leak

Microsoft's near-final Release Candidate version of Windows 7 could be due in less than two months, a source within Microsoft tells Neowin. The company is reportedly making progress according to its exact schedule and will purportedly launch the RC build for both testers and the public on April 10th. The update would come just three months after the public beta build and would give Microsoft a full eight months to produce the fully finished version that represents the last milestone.

The company has long promised a shortened development schedule for Windows 7 but has publicly insisted that it doesn't anticipate a release before early 2010, or three years after Vista's release. The quickened RC process, if not struck with delays, hints that the company fully intends an accelerated launch that would have the software released by the end of 2009. Multiple leaks and other clues have suggested that a production version will be ready by July to ensure that PCs are ready with the major upgrade before the holidays.

While considered stable, the sped-up OS release is believed prompted by a continued hostile perception of Vista that sees multiple PC makers selling XP downgrades several months after the 2001 software was to have left the market. Business reception has also been cold with just a fraction of companies having installed Vista two years since its release.



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  1. Guest

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    +2

    gotta love this

    Anyone willing to bet that "windows 7" will be worse than Vista in some crucial way? Seriously. MS develops an OS for 6 years and it's screwed up, what is going to happen when they do a "rush job"? It's the same faulty management and development system they have had for years. And please, if you want to argue about this, put your money where your mouth is. We both put up $300 - any takers?

  1. Peter Bonte

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    +4

    $300

    puny, hardly enough to buy Windows with that.

    W7 is Vista service pack 3, i guess 3 years is enough to get that done but i won't bet on it. :)

  1. pastusza

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    Joined: Nov 1999

    +6

    I have the beta installed

    It's WAY BETTER than Vista, in terms of speed, but in many ways it's close enough to Vista to call this an incremental upgrade, much like Windows 98 was to Windows 95.

    Windows 7 does a lot to overcome Vista's pain, but I think a lot of XP die-hards won't like it.

    This release really is what Vista should have been.

    Vista is kind of like the 10.0 release of OS X; only for early adopters.

  1. Guest

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    +5

    what?

    They slipped the date from April 1st?

  1. Constable Odo

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    +3

    Rushing it to final...

    Dedicated Windows users are going to end up with something that will be as good as a beta version. There's no real reason to rush for user demand. Many people are happy with Windows XP, so Microsoft could just rush a Vista Service Pack for those stuck with Vista. Microsoft is probably losing revenue and that's the reason for the rush. Otherwise, Microsoft should just take it's time and deliver a well-polished version of Windows 7. If Microsoft screws up the new OS this time around, there might be a mass exodus of home users going to Mac and Leopard.

  1. leamanc

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    +3

    Rushed

    I would say this is being rushed out the door, but I've installed it in Parallels and can say it is nothing more than a very minor tweak to Vista. VERY minor.

    Sure, it's got bugs. Most of the same bugs that are currently in Vista. Nothing major at this point. But if MS is thinking this will be the OS to pacify the people who still want XP, they are mistaken. Not much has changed since Vista...because it's the same thing with slightly less annoying UAC and maybe 5% faster boot time.

  1. testudo

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    -4

    re: rushing

    Yeah, didn't microsoft learn anything from apple's rushing out of leopard?

  1. LouZer

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    re: gotta love this

    It's the same faulty management and development system they have had for years.

    You should actually read up on how they completely changed their development system for Windows 7 before proclaiming it will be worse.

    Try:
    http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/02/windows-7whats-the-rush.ars

    Though, if you read a decent tech news site, you would be right in one regard. They broke UAC in trying to make it less annoying...

  1. LouZer

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    Re: Rushed

    But if MS is thinking this will be the OS to pacify the people who still want XP, they are mistaken

    Man, I still can't believe people want XP. Talk about an ugly UI.

    But, beyond that, this is nothing new. Apple has never been able to pacify the "OS 9 faithful" with OS X, even up to Leopard. It lacks features and speed that OS 9 had (and not to mention making some software useless, like Conflict Catcher!). And they see each OS X iteration as more 'fluff' and UI candy and no improvement on usability.

    But Apple solved that problem. They killed support for OS 9. Then killed Classic. Basically, force those stragglers to move up or stick with their 7 year old hardware.

    And that's what MS has to do. Stop selling XP and tell its customers that they need to stop acting like a bunch of 4-year-olds throwing tantrums.

    Plus, it would really help if they charged little to nothing for Vista upgrades, as a good faith gesture if nothing else.

  1. nat

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    Joined: Mar 2002

    -5

    so

    let me get this straight, vista sucks by all accounts and because people don't want it, don't like it and won't put up with it they are "acting like a bunch of 4-year-olds throwing tantrums". right.

    and testudo, you're a moron.

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