The document was pulled shortly thereafter but not before the information it contained made its way onto several websites. Specifically, it indicates the Windows 7 release candidate is due to be published in May 2009, it will be at least available through June 2009 with no product key limitation, and will expire on June 1 2010. It also details hardware requirements for the release, which are still the same as those for the beta.
By now it is probably safe to assume Microsoft will indeed deliver Windows 7 in its final form before the end of the year – it’s just a question of exactly when. A launch around August or September seems right for the company to perhaps catch some back-to-school sales and build up their marketing efforts into the fourth quarter.
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