• Windows 7 Release Candidate in late May?

    I don’t think so.

    Neowin reports that a Russian website says that (define “hearsay” for me, please):

    # Internal RC-escrow builds of Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 will be delivered to select testers on the fourth week of April 2009

    # Release candidate for Windows 7 & for Windows Server 2008 R2 will be released to the public during the last week of May 2009

    Sorry, but I don’t believe it. Microsoft is getting very close, very quickly. Build 7057 – the latest leaked build – has plenty of problems with networking and lots of little gotchas. But it’s not far from RC1 status.

    My guess? We’ll see a leaked RC or almost-RC before the end of this month, and an official RC in mid-April. Not late May, as the Russian site says. I still expect to see Windows 7 on store shelves well before September 1.