|“The promise of Windows 7 is that laptops may be transported to work, become ‘business PCs,’ and be enrolled with all their enterprise-level Active Directory privileges; then be taken home, become ‘home PCs,’ and be open to all the family’s shared files, aggregate libraries, and other conveniences; and ne’er the twain shall meet.”
Scott M. Fulton, III, Top 10 Windows 7 Features #10: Homegroup networking
A release candidate is a ‘tween’ version — it’s between the first Beta and the final release — and it’ll probably be the last version of Windows 7 that we’ll see before the final product ships in October.
The Windows 7 RC license will only be available until July. The license will expire in June 2010, so that means you can have a pretty-close-to-final-version of Windows 7 free for a year. Here’s a link to the official Microsoft 7 homepage. And Ed Bott’s put together a great QnA for those of us who want to learn whether we have the right stuff to try it out.