Mark your calendars: Windows 7 RC to go public on May 5

Mark your calendars: Windows 7 RC to go public on May 5

Summary: Oops, Microsoft did it again. Someone in Redmond accidentally published a page offering downloads of the Windows 7 release candidate to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. That appears to be a slip-up, but the page also confirms the date when the Windows 7 release candidate will be publicly available.


Oops, Microsoft did it again.

Someone in Redmond accidentally published a page offering downloads of the Windows 7 release candidate to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Here's the text that appears in the middle of that page at the Microsoft OEM Partner site:

The link goes to the Windows 7 download page at MSDN, where the only software available today is the Windows 7 beta release (build 7000) from January, along with some updates intended for that beta.

Based on this unintentional announcement, the May 5 date appears to be a solid bet for the public release. (In fact, it appears to be a more specific schedule than last month's now-you-see-it-now-you-don't download announcement.) If past patterns hold true, the actual head start for MSDN and TechNet subscribers will be a week or so ahead of that date.

Update: Emil Protalinski at Ars Technica confirms that the download is not imminent:

A few faithful readers got this quote from the Microsoft Online Concierge Chat: "Currently the Windows 7 RC has not been avaiable through the TechNet subscription yet, only the Microsoft OEM partners such as Dell, Siemens are taking part in the RC's this period of test."

That matches what I've been told from other sources as well.

Update: Several unconfirmed newsgroup posts report that Microsoft Gold Partners who are part of the Technical Adoption Program (TAP) have download access to the release candidate now. 

Update 3: As of approximately 9PM Pacific time, the Microsoft partner page has been updated and no longer contanis a download link.

Topics: Software, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software Development, Windows

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  • Has anyone tested Adobe CS4 applications on Win7 yet?

    And when Win7 comes out, why should people automatically jump to it? After Vista, people will be VERY wary. Rightly so.

    • Not yet

      I haven't tested any Adobe apps on 7 yet - waiting for the RC. But thank you for posting a comment that relates to the topic.
    • CS4 Win7 works just fine

      I've had a good experience with CS4 and 7.

      I've been using the 7000 build (I haven't bothered upgrading to the later builds, I'm lazy) as my main OS since the public beta started back in January. I depend on CS4 every day, and I haven't come across one problem so far.

      Edit: Sorry, I thought I should mention that I use mainly Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Flash, Indesign, and occasionally Dreamweaver. I haven't tested Premiere and other CS4 software.
  • RE: Mark your calendars: Windows 7 RC to go public on May 5

    Ed, have you any idea whether Microsoft or h/w OEMs will be offering free Vista->to->7 upgrades once the 7 release date comes closer? I'm in the market for a new system in the next 6+ months, but I don't want to have to shell out for 7 later...
    • I expect they will offer 7 upgrade vouchers

      don't expect them to announce it ahead of time though and I wouldn't expect it until just a month or two before the release. I happened to buy a PC about a week before they announced the Vista Vouchers a few years ago. I was a bit disappointed but didn't see it as big deal.
    • Rumors say yes

      It's a near-certainty that a free upgrade program will be available for people who buy new PCs after a certain date. Rumors I have read say that beginning date will be around the end of June and will last for approximately six months.
      Ed Bott
  • RE: Mark your calendars: Windows 7 RC to go public on May 5

    Got any subjects to write about OTHER than Windows 7? Because it sure would be nice to see one sometime. I enjoy your column, but Jeez, it sure would be nice to read about something besides Windows 7 for a change.
    • It's what I do

      Windows is my specialty, and with a new release imminent, it's only natural that I'll be writing a lot about it. ZDNet has lots of other things to read that aren't about Windows 7.

      PS: I'm working on two pieces right now, to be published this week, that are NOT on Windows 7. Stay tuned.
      Ed Bott
    • Of course, your point is on target...if...

      Your one of the few who have no interest, or minimal to little interest in Windows 7. The fact is there are multi millions out there who are just about ready for a Windows upgrade and haven't hooked up with Vista so Windows 7 is mission critical for anyone (including big corps) who figures a Windows upgrade is due in the next 7 to 12 months. Its massive news for those multiple millions so Ed reporting on it is hyper important for those who need things like release dates.

      So if the majority of Ed's reporting of late doesn't turn your crank; the reasons are obvious and huge. So if you do honestly read Ed's blogs much at all you should already be wildly aware that the release of Windows 7 IS the feature story a guy like Ed is counted on by the multi millions who love to keep abreast of one of the most significant operating systems in history.

      So...your comment is hugely odd to say the least. I am not going to disparage your concerns, but you had best understand that the world has many idiots but the world is not nearly so full of idiots as you seem to be glossing over in your remarks, so you should consider the obvious implications in such silly comments about Ed's articles given Ed's clear and important reporting interests.

      For heavens sake, if it wasn't Ed doing the updating on Windows 7 progress I would hope there would be someone doing it, so it might as well be Ed doing the job right.
    • Look up there... the left of Ed's picture. I'll wait here while you do.

      (hmmm hmmm dee dah dee...)

      Did you see it? It says "Ed Bott's Microsoft Report"

      And W7 is *the* current MS news.
    • Big news dominates!

      Live with it.
  • Oops someone at Microsoft is getting good at marketing hype

    kinda nice to see for once. Win 7 kicks the crap out of the competition and I use many of the OS's out there.(XP, Vista, Linux, OSX, FreeBSD)I have to admit I just want it now so I can build my new machine.
    BTW Ed how do you like that Sony, still enjoying it? I'm eying the 13.3 inch it looks really nice.
    • The windws 7 beta

      Loaded on my new machine without a hitch, and FAST.