The Windows 7 release candidate hit MSDN and TechNet today and it came with a bit of a surprise. According to PC Pro, the release candidate won’t expire until June 1, 2010 which means you’ll get just over a year to play with it free of charge. Of course this is not the final product so you’re using it at your own risk, but it’s still free.
Having said that, it generous of them to make this free until next June. But you have to wonder why they’re doing this. Could it be:
- A sign of confidence as they are expecting people to go out and pay for it AFTER using it for a year and seeing how well it works.
- A sign of desperation given how craptastically Windows Vista has performed.
It’s hard to tell. But I will be downloading the release candidate to try it out tonight. After all, free is good. For those of you who aren’t part of MSDN or TechNET, the public beta will be out May 5th according to winsupersite.com.