OK, so I am a little late in posting this piece of news, but anyway. As of today Windows 7 RC and Windows XP mode is available to the public.
Microsoft states on its Windows 7 site that the RC will be available at least through July and that it will expire on 1 June 2010. Just a little heads up though; From 1 March 2010 the RC will begin shutting down every 2 hours!
After being kept in the dark for a long time regarding the RC Microsoft today announced that it will be available for TechNet and MSDN customers on April 30th and publicly available on May 5th.
- What I really don’t get is this; TechNet and MSDN subscribers are loyal paying customers, paying for the ability to test applications and OS versions, and they (read: we) will get our hands on legal copies of Windows 7 RC on April 30th – in 5 days – whereas the RC is already available through TPB and Mininova bittorrents? Why just not release it to TechNet and MSDN already? Why wait? To encourage illegal downloads?