Windows 7 RC download page reveals May ship date
Accidents will happen. So do miracles...
Someone with butter fingers at Microsoft has prematurely let slip when the company plans to push out the Release Candidate version of Windows 7 by posting the download page early.
Microsoft has refused to comment on when users can expect to see a near-ready version of Windows 7 arrive but many observers were expecting an April release.
Well, the cat's out the bag and the Windows 7 RC won't be available until May.
The download page appears to still be live at time of writing.
We've asked Microsoft to comment on the PR cock-up, but it hadn't immediately got back to us.
In the meantime, the download page reveals that the RC will be available until June this year, there's no limit on product key and it's set to expire in June 2010.
It also details hardware spec requirements for the operating system, including a PC running a minimum 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor or higher, 1GB of system memory and support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128MB memory.
So there you have it, Microsoft has inadvertently set the clock ticking but many will be wondering if it can stick to the schedule this time. ®
1 Gb of Ram?
What worries me the more is the recomandation of 1 Gb of Ram. Most computers (especially business ones) only have 512 Mb of Ram, because that is the amount that is required to run XP and the very large majority of business applications.
I suspect a lot of companies have dropped out of the upgrade cycle at that hardware level and are now only replacing machines as they break. This means that deploying Windows 7 would either require memory upgrades all around (granted, memory doesn't cost much anymore, but the manpower to actually perform the upgrades still does) or wait that most machines bought before 2007 have failed (which probably won't happen until 2012 -20013 or so).
If you add to that the trouble to make application that are working on XP but not on Vista work on Windows 7, this makes any migration to windows 7 a very costly proposition.
"Does anyone buy Vista by choice? " Yes. Genuinely by choice; no ulterior motive.
I'd even install it on my Mac, if I could be bothered to jump through the necessary hoops (upgrade to Leopard so that Bootcamp is available?)
Will I shell out $$ to upgrade from Vista to Windows 7? Doubtful.
obvious memory problem
Cannot understand why anyone is remotely interested in an OS which is bound to be buggy or worse for at least a year and has no real added functionality. Has everyone forgotten all the previous OS releases?
Anyone with sense will bodyswerve this for a year.
No tech knowledge needed. Even a dog remembers when you kick it.