By Harry McCracken
Sixteen questions (and answers!) on the new, almost-finished version of Microsoft’s next OS.
Windows 7 is hereâ€“sort of. Yes, Microsoft still isnâ€™t talking about when itâ€™ll ship the final versionâ€“all evidence suggests itâ€™ll be sometime this Fallâ€“but the company is unleashing the Windows 7 Release Candidate today. Itâ€™s a free, all-but-final version of the operating system, and itâ€™ll work until March 1st, 2010 before Microsoft forces you to uninstall it or overwrite it with a paid-for copy of the final edition. In short, if youâ€™re itching to give Windows 7 a try, you can.