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Microsoft’s TechNet site has published an article that states the release of Windows 7 RC edition.

The article shows an actual published date of May 2009 so this is clearly an accidental release of a draft document as we are still in March 2009.

The RC release will be available at least through June 2009 and we’re not limiting the number of product keys, so you have plenty of time.

The article also states that the RC will expire on June 1, 2010 which potentially throws out some peoples estimates on when Windows 7 RTM will be released, I still believe though that it will be released during Q3 of 2009.

I invite your comments on when you think Microsoft will be releasing Windows 7 to the mass market.

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Microsoft has enhanced BitLocker with the ability to protect removable storage devices, such as USB-based hard drives, flash devices, and other media.

Windows Vista first introduced full disk encryption and they called it BitLocker, Windows 7 looks to enhance this by expanding its role.image

When Windows 7 rolls out to the general public, rumoured to be in Q3 of this year, BitLocker will be expanded to include removable storage, flash devices and other media.

has written another of his feature focus stories on BitLocker and he dives into the history of BitLocker and the role it will potentially play within Windows 7.

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Today, we’re making it available to anyone interested in testing SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 prior to final release.

Vista and Server 2008 SP2 RC has been made available to the general public from today, it was initially released to TechNet and MSDN subscribers last week.

If you have any previous beta releases installed you will need to first remove them before installing the Release Candidate.

A complete list of the change can be found here and if you would like to contribute some feedback this can be done here at the TechNet forums.

Download Vista and Server 2008  SP2 RC here

Windows Update Experience Kit download option here

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Microsoft have released a series of documents around Windows 7 for IT Professionals.

These documents include:

  • What’s new in Windows 7 Guide
  • A Windows 7 Manageability Overview Guide

These documents cover a range of topics aimed at the IT industry to help with understanding what’s coming with Windows 7.

I have provided a link here to download these documents.

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Microsoft have released a new Windows 7 build, it is called build 7048, this is another interim build as we wait for the full release candidate.

There does appear to be anything groundbreaking with this release but one thing does standout, and that is the ability to remove Internet Explorer 8 using the Windows Features applet, there is also a few new icons and wallpapers as well

I have added a link to Paul Thurrott’s page where he has posted some screenshots

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Over at Rafael Rivera’s Blog withinwindows he has started a series on some features that are within Windows 7 that have up to now gone un-noticed.

This week he has posted on a feature called Windows Vault, on the surface it appears to be new feature that has the ability to store usernames and passwords but after digging further in he has come to the conclusion that it is more hype then anything.

After further investigation Rafael believes that the Windows Vault feature is nothing more then the “Stored Names and Passwords” feature from Windows Vista just rebranded, what shame

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The Engineering Windows 7 Blog has outlined some of the changes in Windows 7 Release Candidate. Here is the list, check out their blog for more information. Looks like there are some direct changes from what Beta testers have been requesting.

This article links back to the Windows 7 Engineering Blog which I wrote about a couple of days back, you can find that post here if you missed it.

I decided to post a link to this story from the Technet Australia Blog because they have put together a great bullet point list of the changes that have been made in Windows 7 Release Candidate which makes it easier for everyone to understand the improvements that the Windows 7 team have added.

I also love how they added “Looks like there are some direct changes from what Beta testers have been requesting”. Can somebody please tell Microsoft that we believe them when they say they are listening to the beta testers feedback.

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