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Microsoft Confirms Windows 7 RC Lands May

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In the words of MI5: there's nothing like a bit of a cock-up to give away some juicy details...

The latest example of this fine logic came yesterday when Microsoft accidentally/deliberately/accidentally set live a page on its TechNet site which dated the impending Windows 7 Release Candidate. Consequently we hear the rather exciting news the RC is due in May and won't expire until 1 June 2010 - a date which should give more than enough overlap time with the production release of the OS.
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Other interesting titbits include revelations that Microsoft will not be limiting the number of product keys - just as it chose not to with the beta - and some encouragingly low minimum recommended PC specs: 1GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, 16GB of disk space, 128MB drive for Aero support.

As for changes themselves, Microsoft has been extremely open listing them right down to the minutiae and - as the first beta suggested - they aren't radical with UI graphical tweaks, notification animations, etc the primary focus. The one biggie is multi-touch support for a touch keyboard (incl. right click) but otherwise we're looking at a pretty rock solid OS.

Personally, as someone who has been using Windows 7 as his primary OS for three months now, I know one thing: XP, Vista, I could never go back...

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