It has been already rumored that the Windows 7 RC will be ready in April for Special group of beta testers but Microsoft could make the RC available publicly in May. Yesterday Microsoft updated a page with Windows 7 RC download link to it’s partner site but sooner the page was disappeared. May be Microsoft was testing the page. The page states “ Partners: If you have a subscription to MSDN or TechNet, you can download Windows 7 RC now. Otherwise, you can download Windows 7 RC starting May 5, 2009.” According to internal sources at the moment the Windows 7 RC has not been available through the MSDN or TechNet subscription yet, only the Microsoft OEM partners such as Dell, Siemens are taking part in the RC’s this period of test.
The page will likely be taken down, so here is a screenshot of what was originally posted:
Now the question is What build this is ? It’s not cleared now but forums indicating it will be build 7200 or build 72XX. The peoples are going crazy over forums to find a clue when will the Windows 7 RC will leak on Torrent, Rapidshare, Usenet or similar. I think Microsoft was very successful to create a buzz on forums and blogsphere for RC.
RoadMap of Windows 7 :
05/05/09 = Release Candidate 1 (Build 71XX)
XX/08/09 = Release Candidate 2 (Build 72XX)
XX/09-10/09 = RTM (Build 73XX)
XX/11-12/09 = Release final version for Manufracturers (Build 74XX / Build 76XX)