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Windows 7: Heading for Early Release?

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on January 30, 2009

win7_logo_small.jpgAs someone who has closely watched every major Windows development process since Windows 95 and seen them all slip further and further behind schedule, Windows 7 has been a happy surprise. Microsoft originally hinted that it would ship in early 2010, then told computer manufacturers it would be available in the fall. Now with the public beta getting a very positive reception it looks like Windows 7 might make it out the door before the end of summer.

The hint is contained in a long and rather dense post on the official Windows 7 Engineering Blog by the head of Widnows development, Microsoft Senior vice-President Steven Sinofsky.In it, he notes the success of the beta, says Microsoft sees no need for a second beta, and reveals that the next version of Windows 7 to go out to testers will be Release Candidate 1. If no serious problems turn up in a release candidate, it is typically followed by a release to manudfacturing within a few weeks.

So the odds are that we are going to see Windows 7 sooner rather than later.

Reader Comments


January 31, 2009 1:33 PM

How can I get on the trial list. I am 74 years old which could be a group which you might be interested in for testing?
Thank You
Bill Hock

Steve Wildstrom

January 31, 2009 2:59 PM

Windows 7 Beta 1 downloads are available for the next week or so from the Microsoft Developers Network site . This is intended as a technical beta, so Microsoft has not made it particularly easy. It's a big download in the form of and ISO image that you will then have to burn to a DVD for installation. Windows 7 actually has the native ability to burn ISO images to disks, but from Vista or XP, you'll need to use software such as Sonic Media Creator.


February 2, 2009 2:48 AM

Yawn - Vista in new cloths - maybe it will actually work and not piss people off too much this time around.

Kasozi Kizito

February 2, 2009 3:10 AM

Fast release dates
Microsoft is getting it right


February 2, 2009 8:29 AM

I only use Windows for work. Luckily, we skipped Vista. That said, we'll still wait for Service Pack 2 before trying any new Windows operating system, raves reviews or not.

IMO, if you want the features of the "next" Microsoft release for your home, just buy Mac OSX now. That's where they get their ideas.


February 2, 2009 12:53 PM


This is rather hilarious stuff. Perhaps you should actually try the Beta before you say that. For Windows to have copies everything from OS X, why is it so completely different? Spotlight was supposedly copied by Microsoft. This is that Windows Search can actually be configured to actually do things, like check cloud services and bring back more than three columns.

Maybe Apple one of these days will copy cut and paste. They certainly need too.


February 2, 2009 5:54 PM

Apple stole almost every major features that was initially in Windows Longhorn beta. From searching to movie making. Apple is not very innovated but pretending that they are. How pathethic!

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