Windows 7 RC Available in May

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The Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) download page on Microsoft’s TechNet site carries a date of “May 2009,” and spells out a slew of details about the upcoming public preview.The Windows 7 RC will also expire on a different date than the beta, according to Microsoft. While the beta came with an expiration date of Aug. 1, 2009, the RC won’t expire until June 1, 2010. It’s common for Microsoft to push out expiration dates of follow-on previews to give users plenty of time to migrate to the eventual final, for-money code.

Microsoft will initially offer Windows 7 RC in English, German, Japanese, French and Spanish versions, and will provide downloads in both 32- and 64-bit editions. That differs from the public beta, which was available in English, German, Japanese and Arabic for both 32- and 64-bit, and Hindi in the 32-bit version only.

“The RC version will not be available in Hindi or Arabic,” Microsoft said.