Microsoft has recently released the RC1 (Release Candidate 1) for Windows 7. The Win7 RC1 has many exciting features and can be downloaded from the Microsoft Website. The RC1 download will be available through July 2009 and unlike the beta release there is no limit on the license copies of RC1 one can have. The RC will expire on June 1, 2010. Starting on March 1, 2010, computer will begin shutting down every two hours. You can find the download instructions here.
One of the exciting features of RC1 is the Windows XP mode. Yes, you heard right! Windows 7 has provided a Windows XP mode for mission critical WinXP apps. It's actually a virtual Windows XP machine with a fully licensed copy of Windows XP SP 3 installed.
There's much more to come... stay tuned!