All that praise about the Windows 7 beta's relative polish may not be unwarranted. According to a post on the Engineering Windows 7 blog, Microsoft doesn't plan to release any additional Windows 7 betas—instead, it will skip straight to the release candidate stage.
Windows Engineering Senior VP Steven Sinofsky states plainly, "The next milestone for the development of Windows 7 is the Release Candidate," although he notes out that his post "is in no way an announcement of a ship date, change in plans, or change in our previously described process." Indeed, Microsoft purportedly told partners about its plans for a single beta at the Professional Developers Conference last year.
Right now, Microsoft is sifting through user feedback and focusing heavily on "quality and performance," which should help get Windows 7 to a "known shippable state"—that's the RC build. The release candidate will be provided as a refresh for the beta, and Sinofsky expects a "broad set of folks to be pretty interested in trying it out." (His post doesn't specify whether the RC will get a public release.)
If everything goes smoothly, Microsoft could start shipping Windows 7 before the holiday season. That's not a given, though. Windows Senior VP Bill Veghte told CNet News last month that that the shipping schedule "could go either way," and Windows 7 might ship before or after the holidays depending on polish and ecosystem support.
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