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Big excitement today around the release of the Release Candidate (RC) for Windows 7. The release candidate is available on MSDN with public availability coming on May 5. So you'll be able to get the bits directly from the Windows 7 site. This posting highlights the business case of why you're customer will be moving to Windows 7. And some of the great new features of Windows 7 that are new to the RC.
The RC milestone is an important step on the path to final delivery for Windows 7 as it indicates the operating system is entering the final phases of development and is ready for thousands of partners to test, evaluate, and develop new applications, device drivers, and services.
New to the RC are advancements, such as Remote Media Streaming, Windows XP Mode (beta) and Windows Virtual PC:
Here's a list of features in Windows 7 that your customers will be looking to use right away:
More than 32,000 participants from approximately 10,000 hardware and software companies have signed up to have access to a breadth of helpful tools and resources needed to prepare for Windows 7. There are a couple/three big meta steps for you to ride the Windows 7 wave.
I've written up a pretty comprehensive blog posting that describes how you go about all that, steps to take, and how to get started. See Walkthrough to Get Your Applications Ready for Windows 7. You'll find links to resources, source code, examples, SDK, and additional tools.
Tomorrow, we'll post scenarios that your application might have and which Windows 7 features would help give you a competitive advantage.