Is that true? It is found from Windows 7 Forums. Windows 7 Release Candidate Expected In February We reported yesterday that Microsoft was already working on release candidate builds of the windows 7 operating system. Our assumption at that time was that the Windows 7 Release Candidate would be released in the following 1-2 months. German online magazine winfuture revealed information that Microsoft started the Escrow phase on February 16. Development is stopped during that phase to ensure that the build does not contain bugs or problems that would prevent its distribution. The planned released data for the first release candidate of Windows 7 is February 27 according to their information. MSDN and Technet users will be the first to download the Windows 7 release candidate. The download will most likely be available at the same time at MicrosoftÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Connect Portal. Users who participate in the Technology Adapters Program will most likely receive the release candidat earlier.