windows 7Rumors have begun to circulate that the first release candidate of Windows 7 may be appearing on April 10th.

According to Ars Technica, rumors have begun to spring up that Microsoft may be readying the first release candidate (RC1) version of Windows 7 for mass consumption on April 10th of this year.  For those who are not familiar with the steps a piece of software goes through prior to release it goes as follows:

  • Alpha – This version is usually only for internal testing, and is rarely released to the public.
  • Beta – This is a version that is getting close to having all of the final features, and, depending on the company, is released to some testers in the public for them to test.  There can be numerous Beta releases as small tweaks are made to the software.
  • Release Candidate – This usually consists of two versions, RC1 and RC2.  RC1 will have included notes from the beta testers, and further notes from RC1 users will be incorporated into RC2.  There isn’t always an RC2, but it is fairly common.
  • Gold Master – This is the finalized version of the software that will be released to the public.

If the RC1 is truly going to be released by April, this adds heavily to the other rumors we’ve heard that Windows 7 may be out by this fall.  This really gives us pause here at StarterTech that Windows 7 will be more like what Windows Vista was really supposed to be.  The time lapse between Windows XP and Windows Vista was five years, but this will be only two years between Vista and Windows 7.  This is beginning to feel more and more like Vista was a massive release candidate, or even a beta, for Windows 7.

Whatever the case may be, we highly recommend you hold off on all Windows-based computer purchases for the time being if at all possible.  Vista is flawed, as is well documented all across the Web, and while Windows 7 may not be perfect, it is already looking to be an improvement.  If you can wait, we suggest it so that you aren’t essentially buying an already outdated piece of software that is flawed to boot.

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