Details momentarily slip onto TechNet.
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.
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…