Win7之家：Windows 7 Build 7004是RC版本？
Win7之家：和正式版几乎一样 Office2010 Beta日下载4万
Windows 7 Build 7004的截图已经泄露。虽然微软始终三缄其口并不确认任何消息，但Windows 7 Build 7004的出现表明此前的Pre-Beta 69XX阶段已经结束了。7000的版本号表明这已经是一个全功能版本的Windows 7了。
下载过Office 2010 Beta 14.0.4536.1000 的朋友们应该深有体会，这个测试版本的Office2010已经非常的稳定，基本很难碰到特别明显的问题。
Scott Wylie，微软新西兰分部开发平台策略主管，是Windows 7 Build7004的测试者之一，此前他在一篇文章中发布了Build 7004的一张截图，虽然原图现在已经被删除，但通过google网页快照依然可以看到。
微软昨日公布，Office 2010 Beta 版本的下载已经破200万次，每天下载40000次以上。这让人想起了去年Windows 7测试版本受到的热捧，来自世界各地的测试者么下载了800多万次。 “对Office 2010测试版产生兴趣和使用记录的人数，明显超过了以前的Office 2007测试版。在短短7个星期，200多万世界各地的人们已经下载并使用Office 2010测试版，这是一个超过40,000每天的下载速度”，雷切尔·邦迪说道。 Office2010 的RTM版本预计将在2010年4月发布。
同时，Wylie还称Windows 7 Build 7004是个Pre-Beta版本，这就于此前的多数消息相矛盾了，因为大多数消息都认为6.1.7000.0.081212-1400 是Windows 7 Beta的版本号。按照这样的说法，如果6.1.7000.0.081212-1400是Beta版本的话，那么7004版本似乎就该是RC版本之一了。
Windows 7 Build 7004 is live. In the context of the imminent Windows 7 public Beta release development milestone, build numbers of the next iteration of the Windows client are being joggled around with Microsoft managing to remain mute and confirm no piece of information. The silence might be deafening on the official communication channels, but the Redmond company is indeed dogfooding Windows 7 Build 7004, a version that has evolved past the 69xx build numbers associated with the pre-beta releases of the operating system, but also with the 7000 build number that has become associated with the first fully-fledged Beta of Windows Vista's successor.
2+ Million Office 2010 Beta 14.0.4536.1000 Downloads Since Launch
Scott Wylie, Microsoft's New Zealand Director of Development and Platform Strategy, is one of the software giant's employees testing Windows 7 Build 7004. Wylie leaked the first screenshot of Windows 7 Build 7004's desktop in a post that has been removed since then, but which continues to be accessible through Google cache.
While still far from Microsoft’s largest Beta testing pool for a developing product, which belonged to Windows 7, Office 2010 is by all means holding its own. According to statistics offered by the Redmond company, at less than two months since it was released to early adopters, Office 2010 public Beta was downloaded in excess of 2 million times. By comparison, by the end of Windows 7’s development process, pre-release variants of the operating system had been downloaded by over 8 million testers around the world. “The Office 2010 beta is generating record interest and use, surpassing the previous Office 2007 beta download rate. In just seven weeks, more than two million people around the world have downloaded and are using the Office 2010 beta. To get a better appreciation for that number, it’s a rate of more than 40,000 downloads per day. That’s approximately twice the number of people who run the Boston Marathon each year, or the entire population of Olympia, WA, or Annapolis, MD, downloading the Office 2010 beta every day,” revealed Rachel Bondi, general manager, Microsoft Office. Just as it was the case for Windows 7, Microsoft is not limiting in the least the number of downloads of Office 2010. Released in November 2009 at the Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles, Office 2010 Beta Build 14.0.4536.1000 continues to be available for download even at this point in time. Users that haven’t grabbed the Beta milestone yet better make sure they’re not missing out. “Most importantly, 9 out of 10 beta users feel that the Office 2010 beta is an improvement over their current productivity suite,” Bondi stated. Since the official release of Build 14.0.4536.1000, a new development milestone of Office 2010 is available for download. At the end of the past week, Office 2010 Build 14.0.4730.1007 was leaked and made available for download by various third-party sources including torrent trackers. According to the End User License Agreement, Office 2010 Build 14.0.4730.1007 belongs to the RTM branch of the next version of Office. The RTM Build of Office 2010 is expected in April 2010, with general availability reportedly set before the end of June 2010.
“This feels like a completed OS, it doesn't say beta, to me it says almost done. The UI is noticeably more responsive, in fact the whole machine feels more snappy, lighter somehow. The new UI features (taskbar, preview windows, jumplists etc.) are really useful and unobtrusive. It will take a little while to get used to the slightly revised task switching, but I think it will be more intuitive long term,” Wylie stated.
Still, Wylie refers to Windows 7 Build 7004 as a pre-Beta version of the platform. The reference comes in contradiction with unconfirmed reports that Microsoft signed off the code for Windows 7 Beta 1 internally on December 12 with 6.1.7000.0.081212-1400 as the build number. In this context, if 6.1.7000.0.081212-1400 is the Beta, any 7004 Build number would place the respective Windows 7 development milestones in the post-Beta, Release Candidate branch of the operating system.....