Windows 7 Release Candidate?

Is this going to be exactly what Windows 7 is going to be when it comes out?  Will the RC last forever or will you not be able to use it once June 7th or whatever of 2010 hits.  Is that when people can just stop downloading it or is that when you can't use it anymore? Also, if this is like the real Windows 7, who is going to want to purchase it, when they can just get a copy for free.  There has to be a catch here, can someone shed some light for me? Thanks!
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astralcomputingCommented:
Have you ever thought there was a situation where Microsoft gave away an operating system for free?

Come on now. You know your going to have to pay.
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OriNetworksCommented:
Windows 7 will be called Windows 7 as the official name upon release.

A release candidate (RC) is one of the last steps in microsofts release cycle. It means this is the code that they plan on release to the public. During this time, customers and business partners can download the OS for free to trial its use and compatibility. When they officially release Windows 7 the release candidate will no longer be usable but i'm sure there will be trial versions available where you can use it for free for maybe 2 or 3 months. Upon official release, ALL customers will be required to purchase the software and any associated licenses.
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jscornerstoneAuthor Commented:
thank you for clearing it up.
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