Microsoft confirms Windows 7 RC coming next week

Redmond (WA) – Microsoft is racing towards a public release of Windows 7. The first release candidate will be made available to the public on May 5, the company said.

Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc confirmed previous reports that Windows 7 RC will be released in early May, indicating that the company is well on its way to release the final version by late summer and provide PC vendors with the new operating system to support sales for the Christmas season. Microsoft originally had said that the software would be released in 2010, but early rumors suggested that Q3 2009 has been the internal target release date from the beginning.  

“I’m pleased to share that the RC is on track for April 30th for  download by MSDN and TechNet subscribers,” LeBland wrote on the Windows Team blog. “Broader, public availability will begin on May 5th.”

The first Windows 7 beta was released during CES in January of this year.