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"Microsoft started compilingWindows 7 RC branch, and the RC build 7048 will be released on Feb 27th" - Well that information was a hoax.

Sinofsky has confirmed that the latest Windows 7 RC Build 7046 is internally being tested and the official release date is set for April 10, 2009. The Windows team is right on schedule with development, and if there are no significant problems over the next few weeks the April 10, 2009 release date will remain in tact.

On questioning, if Microsoft Connect testers as well as MSDN and TechNet subscribers will get the RC before the public, Sinofsky told no: “The build will be available broadly.

Microsoft also has released a list of 36 changes - not all of the changes but some notable ones - that have been implemented into the release candidate builds of Windows 7. All items are explained on the Engineering Windows 7 blog. Works are still underway and the full time machines at Microsoft are still running the Windows 7 Beta build.

      Windows Flip (ALT + TAB) with Aero Peek
      Windows Logo + <#> keyboard shortcut
      Needy State
      Taskbar “Open With”
      Taskbar scaling
      Anchoring taskbar thumbnails
      Newly installed programs
      Jump List length
      Increased pinning flexibility with Jump List
      Desktop icon and gadget view options
      Aero Peek for touch
      Multi-touch touch keyboard
      Multi-touch right-click
      Drag/Drop and selection
      Internet access feedback
      User Account Control
      Locking a machine without a screensaver
      Faster access to High Performance power plan
      Custom theme improvements
      Improved Internet Radio playback
      Improved playback support for video content from digital camcorders and cameras
      Cleaner Now Playing view
      Filtering content that cannot be played
      Resume from sleep
      Quieting Windows Media Player sync relationships
      Easier access to advanced settings
      Jump List improvement
      Enriching the Device Stage ecosystem
      Improving the headphone experience
      Increased audio reliability
      Improved header
      Reduced confusion with drag/drop
      Reviving familiar entry points
      FAT32 support
      Arrangement view enhancements
      Improving performance through data


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