Windows 7 Release Candidate coming 5 May
Microsoft spins out another 'leak'
Redmond suffered yet another butter fingers incident over the weekend when the company let slip that the near-ready version of Windows 7 will be made available on 5 May.
The company's partner program website revealed the date for the release candidate of its forthcoming operating system on Saturday.
Neowin picked up on the apparent gaffe and has a screen grab of the website here. Microsoft has since amended it, by removing the date from its site.
It had been carrying the message that paying subscribers to MDSN and TechNet could get their hands on the RC ahead of the 5 May release, when partners will be able to download it too.
"Partners: If you have a subscription to MSDN or TechNet, you can download Windows 7 RC now." said the website on Saturday. "Otherwise, you can download Windows 7 RC starting May 5, 2009."
This is the second time inside a month that one of Microsoft's websites has leaked details about Windows 7 RC.
Last month the firm 'mistakenly' revealed the RC was coming in May, would be available until June this year, that there's no limit on product key and it's set to expire in June 2010.
It also detailed 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. ®
@AC - Re: Vista II the Revenge
Just one word - Awesome.
Mac: Secure by design
@ Anonymous Coward
1) Macs running OS X are secure by design, being based on BSD Unix. In spite of a number of proof-of-concept exploits being paraded over the years, there is still nothing out there to infect OS X without user permission (i.e. installing a program of unknown legitimacy). Nothing will protect a computer from a users stupidity. Don't steal software.
2) I switched from Windows to Macs (I run a small business totally Microsoft free) nine years ago when OS X first appeared and have never, ever looked back. Macs running OS X are the easiest and most powerful systems you could hope to run. There is a growing number of switchers around me who will affirm this and not one has been even remotely inclined to switch back.
3) Macs are not overpriced, it's just that Apple don't and won't make underpowered, cheap junk. You get what you pay for. What you pay for is a superbly crafted hardware + software package. You get elegant, aesthetically pleasing hardware and software. You get state of the art manufacturing and technology. What you won't get is crippled Celeron processors, cheap and flimsy plastic cases nor internals which resemble spaghetti.
4) If Windows is so fabulous, why does Microsoft spend its entire life copying everything Apple does? Microsoft's entire existence consists of being an Apple wannabe. Every Windows user out there is really a Mac user, even if they don't realise it. That's because Windows is just a poor copy of the Mac OS - always has been, always will be. Microsoft simply don't have an original bone in their body.
5) The copy is never going to be as good as the original. Stop being an ignorant tosser calling people names and approach computing with an open mind.
6) I have tried Windows 7 (Vista Take 2) which I installed under Parallels Desktop on my MBPro and will install the RC when it's available. Just because I can. Whilst W7 is an improvement over Vista and XP without a shred of doubt, it's still Windows and it still sucks.
Vista II the Revenge
What a load of toss! Yes that's right Vista was really shit, so here you go you fucking mugs now you can buy (again) the OS it should have been the first time round. Ballmer, suck my balls you wanker!!
Paris because like Microsoft she takes the fucking piss by just existing.....