The final version of Windows 7 might be just around the corner. In fact, right now on the various BitTorrent sites, you can snag a 32-bit or 64-bit copy of what's been widely rumored to be the release candidate of Windows 7, specifically Windows 7 RC, build 7100, in a file named 7100.0.winmain_win7rc.090421-1700.
This leak allegedly seeps out a week and a half ahead of May 5th, which is said to be the official date when this highly anticipated release candidate will be offered to developers for testing. Microsoft also briefly posted information saying the RC would be available to the public on May 5th, but withdrew that post shortly thereafter. Given that it's so widely leaked all over the place, it should be easy for just about anyone to get.
This is going to be a clean release, if the beta versions we've been testing for the past three months are any indication. Windows 7 is already stable, lean, fast, and feature-complete, and besides that, it's downright beautiful.
While the operating system doesn't make that much difference in the grand scheme of things, we still can't help but get pumped up about this. Now if Microsoft can just keep Windows 7 from being inundated by another bogus propaganda blitz like the unfair demonization of Windows Vista, this should be beginning of a remarkable comeback for the Redmondians. The final version of Windows 7 will be available "sometime this year," probably just before the Christmas shopping season begins.