Microsoft’s Partner Readiness site just made the announcement that Windows 7 RC is now available for download from Microsoft. If you have a TechNet Plus or MSDN subscription, it now available. This probably means that the rumors of a May 5 or 11th release of RC are more and more likely now.
Some of the changes made between Beta and RC include:
- Minor tweaks to how the Jump Lists and Thumbnails work.
- Windows Explorer – changed the address bar so the Parent folder is always visible so it can be clicked on.
- Something minor, but a nuisance is the New Folder button wasn’t always available. So it was a guess where it would pop up. Now it is there all the time.
- Microsoft is working with more manufacturers to have more devices to be used with the Device Stage.
- The Safely Remove feature is not renamed aptly “Eject”. This is still available from the Notification area. This will work for media drives to eject a CD/DVD or your USB device.
- Reduction in Page File size as well as system partition size.
Microsoft’s Engineer Windows 7 team blog does a great job talking about all of the updates that happened in RC. http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/archive/2009/03/13/a-few-more-changes-from-beta-to-rc.aspx.
So get your engines ready and let’s see what we can do with this version of already great OS.