Just a week back Microsoft announced that their sales dropped by 6 % and the net revenue was down by 32% and this was the first time in 23 years that such a thing has happened . They attributed it to the drop in new computers being sold around the world. And 1 week later ie on April 30th they were slated to release the Windows 7 Release Candidate available to the testers who had MSDN ,Techbeta and Technet subscriptions but it didn’t happen as was the case with the Beta version in january and the reason , very simple : DEMAND Exceeded Microsoft’s INFRASTRUCTURE.
There are a few things to remember if you’re interested in testing out the RC, which is the one and only Microsoft plans to make public before it releases the product to manufacturing. Microsoft is encouraging the testers to do a clean install (and not just install on top of the Beta) for best results (and so the company can get better feedback on the RC). There aren’t a lot of visible differences between the January Beta and this late April RC (unless you are a real UI geek). Most of the tweaks seem to be focused on bug fixes and performance issues.
It’s not just the Windows 7 client RC that’s available for test. The RC of Windows Server 2008 R2, a k a Windows 7 Server, is also downloadable for MSDN and TechNet subscribers today. Also available to MSDN and TechNet testers on April 30 (as a separate download) is the XP Mode and Virtual PC add-ons for Windows 7.
Microsoft is slated to make the test build of all of these products available to the public on May 5, next Tuesday. Let’s see if the servers stay up then.