Sometimes, just sometimes, obscure Russian sources turn out to be right. Last week, such a source claimed Microsoft would launch the first Windows 7 release candidate in May. Now, we see Neowin has nabbed a screenshot of a Microsoft TechNet Evaluation Center page that all but confirms that schedule.
The page has since been changed to remove that information, but Neowin's screenshot shows pretty much all there is to see. Entitled, "Windows 7 Release Candidate," the page apparently said "Published: May 2009" and, further down, "The RC release will be available at least through June 2009 and we're not limiting the number of product keys, so you'll have plenty of time."
Neowin expects Windows 7 RC1 to be available to testers first in April before going out to the public in May. Indeed, a public release seems likely at this point. Microsoft Windows Engineering Senior VP Steven Sinofsky said in February, "We will then provide the Release Candidate as a refresh for the Beta. We expect, based on our experience with the Beta, a broad set of folks to be pretty interested in trying it out."