Windows 7 Release Candidate: Arriving Before March?
Time for The VAR Guy to eat a little more crow. He vastly underestimated Microsoft’s ability to ship Windows 7 in 2009. Numerous reports now state that the first Windows 7 release candidate will reach selected testers in the next few weeks.
Of course, Windows 7’s design goals weren’t ambitious. According to The VAR Guy, Windows 7 is Microsoft’s attempt to fix and polish everything that was wrong with Windows Vista — including misleading product positioning on low-end PCs.
Still, let’s give Microsoft some credit. For the most part, The Windows 7 beta process has gone remarkably smoothly. And CrunchGear suggests the first Windows 7 release candidate has already reached some testers. Alas, The VAR Guy’s original prediction that Windows 7 wouldn’t ship until 2010 was completely off the mark.
Now, our resident blogger thinks Windows 7 coupled with the forthcoming Microsoft Retail Store initiative could help the software giant to regain trust with consumers and businesses burned by bad Windows Vista experiences.