Early in the new year, we announced the release of Windows 7 Beta and encouraged you to take part in testing this product. The response from the Microsoft community has been overwhelming. In just 16 weeks, over 62,000 of you have installed Windows 7.
Thank you for your help. Today we reach the next milestone in our journey to deliver the highest quality release of Windows ever. We announced the delivery of Windows 7 Release Candidate coupled with the delivery of the Release Candidate of Windows Server 2008 R2.
Windows 7 RC is now available to our TechNet/MSDN subscribers, and on May 5th will be available at http://www.microsoft.com/windows7 for partners, IT pros, and tech enthusiasts to pilot Windows 7 RC at work and at home.
This is an important day for Microsoft and the industry. The RC milestone signals that Windows 7 is heading into the final phases of testing. For businesses and IT Pros in particular, this is the milestone where we encourage them to evaluate the product and see the advancements Windows 7 brings to user productivity, security, and PC management – all of which saves customers money.