We've compiled all the information you need to know about the Windows 7 Release Candidate and Microsoft's plans for the operating system.
• Windows 7 RC1 review — An in-depth (18 page!) look at the release candidate for Windows 7
• Hands on Guide to Windows 7 — A video showing you what's new in Windows 7
• Beta vs RC: What's new in the Windows 7 Release Candidate? — We look at some of the changes Microsoft has made to Windows 7 since the Beta's release in January
• Windows 7 on track for August RTM, October on-sale — Microsoft is on track to wrap up Windows 7 and ship it to computer makers in August.
• Microsoft patches huge Windows 7 RC bug — Just days after it launched Windows 7 Release Candidate, Microsoft released a fix for a major flaw that slipped through testing.
• Windows 7 usage jumps 22% after RC delivery — Microsoft's delivery of Windows 7 Release Candidate boosted use of the new operating system.
• Competitors grouse over IE8 default setting in Windows 7 — As the browser wars have heated up again, so have complaints that Microsoft is once again unfairly leveraging its Windows OS to promote Internet Explorer.
• Microsoft gives controversial antipiracy tools new name — Microsoft has rebranded its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) validation system in Windows 7, likely an attempt to shed the controversial image of the antipiracy program.
• Microsoft releases free beta for Windows 7 upgrade advisor — Microsoft has released the beta of a free app that helps users determine whether their PC is powerful enough to run the upcoming Windows 7 operating system.
• Virtual XP Mode could cause support woes — Microsoft's decision to give Windows 7 users a tool to run Windows XP apps in a virtual machine might persuade some people to buy the new operating system.
• Windows 7 will nag users 29% less often, Microsoft claims — One of the most hated features of Windows Vista will be seen a third less often by users of the upcoming Windows 7.
• Antitrust regulators won't scrutinize post-Windows 7 OS — US federal and state regulators have struck a deal with Microsoft that any version of Windows released after May 2011 will not be subject to the scrutiny mandated by a 2002 antitrust settlement.
• Businesses wary of Windows 7 after Vista flop — A new survey has found that the majority of IT staff don't plan to upgrade to Windows 7 in the next year, after Vista's failure to win hearts and minds.
• Intel's Atom chips to support Windows 7 this year — Intel plans to make sure all of its popular Atom microprocessors support at least two versions of Microsoft's new operating system (OS), Windows 7, in the second half of this year.
• Report: XP downgraders to receive free Windows 7 upgrades — Microsoft will provide free or discounted Windows 7 upgrades not only to users who buy Vista PCs between June 2009 and January 2010, but also to people who buy a system that's been factory-downgraded to Windows XP, according to a report on the Web.
• Microsoft proud of its first 'post-Gates' OS, Ballmer says — Windows 7 is the first Microsoft OS developed away from the watchful eye of Bill Gates
• Windows 7 public beta: first impressions — A detailed look at the earlier, beta release of Windows 7
Want to know more? Check out PC World's complete coverage of Windows 7.
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