Windows 7 public release candidate coming in May?

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Although Microsoft recently shared some details related to the development of Windows 7, the company has been mum about any specific release dates for the operating system. Many had pointed to an April timeframe for the lone release candidate version to arrive and, today, Neowin is shedding some new light on the matter citing information from a Russian website and sources within Microsoft's technical adoption program.

As it stands now, according to the new info, Windows 7 is slated for internal completion as an “escrow” build by the very end of April (basically post-development build for testers to detect any show-stopping problems or bugs) and wouldn't be publicly available in release candidate form until the end of May. Following this, the final RTM build should be distributed to MSDN and TechNet subscribers in August and hopefully become available for users worldwide shortly afterwards – though Microsoft is not promising anything other than late 2009 or early 2010, perhaps to avoid disappointing users with any potential delays.

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