Received first thing this morning in my email is the latest announcement from Microsoft on the Windows 7 Release To Manufacturers. Microsoft says they are packing up copies and manufacturers are putting it on new PC’s as we surf. Final shipping product is still on track for consumer availability on October 22, 2009.
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Windows 7 RC 1 is available for download today. CLICK HERE to download Windows 7 RC1.
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This is the Ultimate version and is due to “expire on June 1, 2010, and the bi-hourly shutdowns will begin on March 1, 2010“. I’m still unsure how the bi-hourly shutdown works, but whether twice hourly or once every two hours, I’m sure it will be irritating enough to push those of us using the OS to buy or drop back. As much as I’ve enjoyed the Windows 7 betas, I’m sure I’ll be buying and moving up.
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