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Default Microsoft: Windows 7 RC free for a year - 04-30-2009, 03:39 PM

http://tech.uk.msn.com/news/article.asp ... d=16472651

Microsoft has shown its confidence in Windows 7 by announcing that the Release Candidate (RC) will be made available to the general public for a year from 5 May.

The Windows 7 beta has been a huge success for Microsoft, which has been buoyed by the positive feedback to one of its most critical ever releases.

Now, people will be able to effectively trial the new OS for a year before deciding if they want to buy the retail version, with Microsoft confirming that the RC will be readily and freely available to all until June 2010.

A big deal for Microsoft
"It's a big deal for us, Microsoft's Windows OEM Product Manager Laurence Painell told TechRadar.

"Obviously, we are releasing what we feel could be the final version - what we will put out to manufacturers and even wider availability when we release the product to consumers."

"The release candidate is available for everyone. From 30 April it will be available to our IT professionals through MSDN and TechNET, we let them get it in advance.

"Then it will go up on windows.com/download for everybody. There is no limit to the availability and it will be available on 5 May. It will run until 5 June 2010."


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Default Re: Microsoft: Windows 7 RC free for a year - 05-01-2009, 03:03 AM

Wow. I'm glad they've got such confidence in it. I know it's not without faults here and there (like any OS), but I've been quite pleased with it thus far. Very crisp-looking and snappy.


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Default Re: Microsoft: Windows 7 RC free for a year - 05-01-2009, 11:01 AM

The first hit is always free.
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Default Re: Microsoft: Windows 7 RC free for a year - 05-01-2009, 11:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Carnifex
The first hit is always free.

Except with Apple...


With them it costs double (ipod 1G, 2G iphone etc)
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Default Re: Microsoft: Windows 7 RC free for a year - 05-02-2009, 04:44 AM

I love how Windows 7 is getting praise when it is essentially just Vista with some enhancements. Realistically, if Vista had been marketed properly, not pushing it onto "Vista capable" machines, it would have fared better. It really does need at LEAST a dual core processor and 4GB RAM to run correctly. Mine uses over 2GB running the same apps I ran on XP using half the RAM. I don't really think Win7 is any better than Vista, it's just the baseline of hardware is more advanced than it was when Vista shipped.


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Default Re: Microsoft: Windows 7 RC free for a year - 05-02-2009, 05:05 AM

Agreed...Win7 looks just like Vista SP2 RTM that I just updated to today!


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