I wasn't aware that Microsoft had released this info to the public, but they have. :) So now I can talk about it…

The Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) will be made available to MSDN and Technet subscribers on April 30, 2009.

The public release of the Windows 7 RC will begin May 5, as previously reported.

Beta testers? I'm sure they'll get it eventually. Microsoft seems to have forgotten that they exist.

BTW … One thing we still can't discuss is the Windows Server 2008 R2 RC release. Expect news there in the days ahead as well.

And I'll be asking about the availability plans for XP Mode. I've heard that a beta will happen this coming week, but I'm not sure yet if that's public or for a smaller group. Hopefully this release is newer than the one we've been using since March.