Microsoft has confirmed that the release candidate of its new operating system, Windows 7, is on track for a release date of 30 April.
Windows 7 manager Brandon LeBlanc said in a blog post that users who subscribe to Technet or Microsoft Download Network (MSDN) will be able to download the release candidate on Thursday, while other users will have to wait until 5 May.
"There certainly has been a lot of discussion about Windows 7 in the last few weeks," he wrote. "A lot of folks want to know when they can get their hands on the official RC, when we are going to release to manufacturing, and what I had for breakfast."
LeBlanc added that the Windows 7 team has been busy analysing feedback from beta testers, fixing bugs and "working hard to improve the overall experience".
"Many of your suggestions helped us refine the new and improved taskbar, the behavior of Aero Peek, Touch, Windows Media Player, and much more," he said.
Windows 7 is already garnering better press than its predecessor, Vista. The developer community appears to be largely enthusiastic about the new operating system, but a recent report predicted a slow market for enterprise adoption.
The main reasons for IT departments delaying upgrading to Windows 7 are the economic downturn and lingering doubts from Vista, according to the report which was carried out by Dimensional Research with the backing of IT management vendor KACE.
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