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Windows 7 box art  (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft gives PC users something to gaze at

As Microsoft continues its marketing push for the Windows 7 operating system, the company is systematically releasing details and information about its latest Windows OS.

After announcing a public release date of October 22 this year, the official box art for each Windows 7 version has been released.  The image offers details on Ultimate, Professional, and Home Premium versions of the OS.

The October 22 release date will ensure Microsoft will have the OS available for the 2009 holiday shopping season -- the OS can be sold OEM, or be bundled on PCs and notebooks sold by B&M retailers -- though the Redmond-based company will miss out on back-to-school sales.

There were numerous unconfirmed images of the Windows 7 box art floating around the internet for weeks, but images first revealed by CentrumXP proved to be accurate when they were later added to the official Microsoft Windows 7 OS page.

Microsoft continues to launch a PR campaign aimed at helping PC users forget about Windows Vista -- considered a flop among many reviewers and PC users -- so they can be better prepared for Windows 7.  The company is expected to announce pricing information and other details regarding its highly-anticipated OS in the coming weeks.

Even though Windows 7 has gotten a lot of media attention, it'll see light competition from Apple's Snow Leopard OS and Google Android OS this fall -- despite the pressure, Windows 7 should quickly shoot to the top of sales charts.



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Simple, effective
By dragunover on 6/7/2009 5:25:55 PM , Rating: 2
The bloom effect in the middle looks like a sun, this actually makes a nice real window effect... Also a good point for Aero effects.
I hope they reduce the number of distributions of windows, but one can only hope.
I also hope Direct-X 11 comes out sometime soon.




RE: Simple, effective
By Operandi on 6/7/2009 5:36:38 PM , Rating: 5
For the most part it will be Home Premium and Pro just like XP so that’s not too bad. The rest versions will be for niche markets.

I like the minimalistic approach for the box art.


RE: Simple, effective
By Doormat on 6/7/2009 6:06:40 PM , Rating: 2
I'm interested to look at the sides and back of the boxes. If they're cluttered or neat and simple.

The front is a good start.


RE: Simple, effective
By StevoLincolnite on 6/8/2009 1:23:58 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
The front is a good start.


Rubbish, it should have Master Chief on the front cover, installing Windows 7 into his warthog's computer!


RE: Simple, effective
By FITCamaro on 6/8/2009 7:55:53 AM , Rating: 4
How about the Firefox girl with "Windows 7" floating over her boobs and a finger in her mouth with a naughty look on her face.

Sex sells.


RE: Simple, effective
By lycium on 6/8/09, Rating: -1
RE: Simple, effective
By lotharamious on 6/8/09, Rating: -1
RE: Simple, effective
By mikefarinha on 6/8/09, Rating: -1
RE: Simple, effective
By rburnham on 6/9/2009 10:43:30 AM , Rating: 3
Wait... wait... there's a Firefox girl?


RE: Simple, effective
By icanhascpu on 6/8/2009 1:04:25 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Master Chief


I got images of Japanese cooks before rvb.


RE: Simple, effective
By Jedi2155 on 6/8/2009 12:07:29 AM , Rating: 2
I think they could have done without the extra color Windows logo next to Windows 7 text as there is already the giant one. That would be even more minimalistic.


RE: Simple, effective
By UNHchabo on 6/8/2009 1:08:43 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe, but I can see why they did it; the full-color Windows logo has been a part of their brand since Win3.1:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_3.1x


RE: Simple, effective
By Targon on 6/7/2009 5:59:59 PM , Rating: 2
There will still be the home basic, home premium, Pro(which replaces business I think), and Ultimate. This alone isn't really too many in my opinion, but when you add the 32 bit vs 64 bit versions, that is when it seems like too much.


RE: Simple, effective
By Tsuwamono on 6/7/2009 6:11:13 PM , Rating: 2
I thought i read somewhere windows 7 is 64 bit only?


RE: Simple, effective
By inighthawki on 6/7/2009 6:33:51 PM , Rating: 3
That was a rumor a a long long time ago and was debunked a long long time ago. It comes in both 32 and 64-bit versions, Windows 8, however, i believe is where MS said they would cut off 32 bit support.

Also to the OP, choosing between 32/64bit really doesnt add that many options. If the home basic/premium/pro/ult isn't that bad, choosing 32/64 will not be overwelming at all. If you have a 64-bit compatible cpu, choose 64-bit, otherwise, 32. It doesnt have any difference in the number of features or anything...


RE: Simple, effective
By crleap on 6/8/2009 2:38:42 AM , Rating: 3
The main reason I'd go with the 64 bit is the RAM limitation of the 32 bit. Most newer i7 computers built will be using 6gb ram most likely. By the time W7 hits the streets, 4gb will likely be the minimum for new computers (built by the likes of us)


RE: Simple, effective
By inighthawki on 6/8/2009 8:23:25 PM , Rating: 2
This is true. Just 2 days ago my mom went out to buy a new laptop, nothing special, and most of the low end models had 3-4GB of DDR2 in them, i believe all of the 4GB models were running vista 64. I have no doubt that 64-bit will be taking over completely soon.


RE: Simple, effective
By kkwst2 on 6/9/2009 8:46:13 AM , Rating: 2
Yes and 4 GB is not a good option for the triple channel i7, since RAM should now be configured in multiples of 3.


RE: Simple, effective
By phatboye on 6/8/2009 4:08:00 AM , Rating: 4
If memory serves me correct it was not a rumor, MS really did originally want to have only 64 bit versions of Win 7 but they got so much negative feedback from OEMs and corporate users that they decided to offer a 32 bit version as well.

MS has stated in the past though that this will be the last 32 bit version of windows that MS releases, I hope they stick to that statement.


RE: Simple, effective
By SeeManRun on 6/7/2009 6:40:16 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I thought i read somewhere windows 7 is 64 bit only?

That is incorrect


RE: Simple, effective
By Silver2k7 on 6/8/2009 2:33:46 AM , Rating: 2
It is but since 64-bit CPU's have been around since what 2003? *talking AMD/Intel*

Does it even make sense to put recources to make a 32-bit version in 2009??

64-bit has been around in supercomputers since the 1960's according to wikipedia.

so the question remains.. why make a 32-bit version.
if only having a 64-bit version developers would have had a single option to focus on wich imho would have been better.


RE: Simple, effective
By haukionkannel on 6/8/2009 5:08:13 AM , Rating: 5
Because most computer are 32 bit - yes even now - but they are being replased at good speed. (Even today they sell "new" 32bit computers. Aren't some of those Atoms 32bit? Not sure of this...) Well in any way The bigger consern is that those big companies have so much 16bit and 32bit custom made programs in their systems that they want to have support for them.


RE: Simple, effective
By martinrichards23 on 6/8/2009 6:20:33 AM , Rating: 1
1) How many people who have a 32bit computer will want to install the latest version of windows?

2) If you are running very old 16bit/legacy software, and yet you still want to upgrade to the latest operating system, when XP/Vista are still perfectly decent, then you should be fired from your job.


RE: Simple, effective
By Smilin on 6/8/2009 9:27:47 AM , Rating: 3
I'll agree with you on 16bit apps. If you still have them they should have been virtualized long ago.

Hardware is different though. There are still a lot of hardware devices out there that only have 32bit drivers. Having Win7 be 32/64 still makes sense.


RE: Simple, effective
By cfaalm on 6/8/2009 6:16:46 AM , Rating: 2
Sometimes developpers need more than a decent 64-bit OS (thought it is a start) before commiting any resources to their 64-bit development. In the audio market e.g. there's the ecosystem: soundcards + drivers, plugins, (add-on) DSP cards w/software, they all have to be 64-bit compatible. If none are around, then a 64-bit app itself is close to useless even if the OS is there. While audio productions can benefit greatly from a 64-bit environment, it is necessary to have a coordinated approach and a kind of partnership before anything can be realized.


RE: Simple, effective
By FITCamaro on 6/8/2009 7:57:18 AM , Rating: 3
No it just should have been. If you want 32-bit, should have to stick with XP or Vista.


RE: Simple, effective
By sld on 6/8/09, Rating: -1
RE: Simple, effective
By Operandi on 6/7/2009 7:12:34 PM , Rating: 2
Home basic should be almost non-existent from what I've heard. Also Pro has all the features of Home Pre unlike Vista Business.


RE: Simple, effective
By dare2savefreedom on 6/7/09, Rating: -1
RE: Simple, effective
By inighthawki on 6/7/2009 7:22:42 PM , Rating: 2
Are people not allowed to like box art? I think its somewhat simple and elegant, there's nothing wrong with that... People are simply commenting that Microsoft did a good job and in terms of marketing, the decision seems to be working already.


RE: Simple, effective
By icanhascpu on 6/7/2009 7:54:16 PM , Rating: 5
Box art is not why people like Windows 7, nor is it news. Its (this piece) a bunch of wank.


RE: Simple, effective
By inighthawki on 6/7/2009 8:12:48 PM , Rating: 3
I didn't say it was, but box art is DEFINITELY a marketing design. Looks play a large role in the way the consumer views the product, and if the box art looks flashy or nice, it will catch peoples' attention and they will take a second look.
(Obviously anyone who knows what windows 7 is wouldn't give a cr*p about the box art, but for those just browsing at software, shiny and new will get second looks.)


RE: Simple, effective
By Solandri on 6/7/2009 10:40:21 PM , Rating: 3
They're learning from Apple and getting better. KISS (keep it simple, stupid)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUXnJraKM3k&fmt=18

The video was made by Microsoft employees poking fun at how their boxes are usually made.


RE: Simple, effective
By GaryJohnson on 6/8/2009 12:51:28 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
KISS (keep it simple, stupid)

Oh if only MS applied that same mentality to their operating systems and GUIs.


RE: Simple, effective
By inighthawki on 6/8/2009 5:30:53 PM , Rating: 2
The GUI in windows is the number one reason why windows is superior to osx in my mind. I find the taskbar far more intuitive and efficient than the dock menu, as well as the number of features it has that osx does not. Simple does not always equal good.


RE: Simple, effective
By nosfe on 6/8/2009 1:48:27 AM , Rating: 4
and thus the single button mouse was born.....


RE: Simple, effective
By phatboye on 6/8/2009 4:11:57 AM , Rating: 4
The only thing is the single mouse button is <b.NOT easier to use than a 2 button mouse. It actually makes things worse.


RE: Simple, effective
By PhoenixKnight on 6/8/2009 12:40:39 PM , Rating: 1
Mice, pffft. The mouse received its death sentence the second the Macbook Wheel was announced.

http://www.theonion.com/content/video/apple_introd...


RE: Simple, effective
By Silver2k7 on 6/8/2009 2:36:29 AM , Rating: 2
its the third time I see this box art.. but I see nothing wrong with DT posting it on their site..


RE: Simple, effective
By icanhascpu on 6/8/2009 1:02:22 PM , Rating: 2
It's not about wrong and right. Its about useful and useless.


RE: Simple, effective
By jabber on 6/7/2009 8:27:13 PM , Rating: 2
I dont think in 16 years of PC computing I've ever had an OS in a box.

Always been OEM in a plastic bag and paper slipcase.


RE: Simple, effective
By Silver2k7 on 6/8/2009 2:37:44 AM , Rating: 2
had Win 3.11, 95, 98, Vista no xp box.


RE: Simple, effective
By NuclearDelta on 6/8/2009 3:15:31 AM , Rating: 5
Personally, I would have expected the image below based on how their advertisement department is dealing with the "V" word.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c281/womdorf/not...


"Considered a flop," huh?
By mechBgon on 6/7/2009 8:43:43 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Microsoft continues to launch a PR campaign aimed at helping PC users forget about Windows Vista -- considered a flop among many reviewers and PC users -- so they can be better prepared for Windows 7.


Vista now accounts for over 36% of Steam users, according to Valve's monthly survey. I wouldn't call that a "flop." Have a look for yourselves, folks: http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey/ Naysayers notwithstanding, Vista appears to be doing pretty well.

There seems to be a strong anti-Vista resentment at certain tech sites, but it looks to me like a bunch of "me-too" bandwagon riding by people who preferred "the way things have always been done" despite the thorny security drawbacks of that status quo. It's rather amusing to see them panning Vista while praising Win7, but maybe Vista has to accept the persona of the "bad cop" so Win7 can be the "good cop." Whatever.




RE: "Considered a flop," huh?
By Etsp on 6/7/2009 8:54:06 PM , Rating: 5
Well, to be fair, that 36% is not an accurate representation of all PC users... The majority of PC users don't use steam...

Me? I don't get why people bitched about Vista in the first place. People bitched about the UAC prompts... I guess they never tried running linux, or if they did, they always logged on as root...

My only real complaint is that the network devices are hidden by more layers of useless crap...


RE: "Considered a flop," huh?
By mechBgon on 6/7/2009 11:08:56 PM , Rating: 5
I agree that the gaming community doesn't represent all PC users. On the flip side, given the audience they're writing for, you'd think DailyTech would try to be circumspect about the topic. Check out this thread, a Vista-versus-WinXP poll in the AnandTech Forums:

http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.aspx?catid...

That was 14 months ago, and much to the OP's chagrin, about half the readers were already using Vista, more than half prefered Vista over WinXP, and over 70% of them were planning to migrate to Vista. Despite the loud proclaimations of the anti-Vista pundits, it seems to be doing well enough, especially considering it really was a groundbreaking departure from the "Admin-by-default" tradition of all previous versions.


RE: "Considered a flop," huh?
By TSS on 6/8/2009 10:14:41 AM , Rating: 2
Windows 95 > Windows 98
Windows 98 SE> Windows 2000 pre-sp1
Windows 2000 SP4 > Windows XP pre-sp1
Windows XP SP2> Windows Vista
Windows Vista SP2 > Windows 7
Windows 7 SP2 > Windows 8

Long story short: EVERY piece of software, upon release, is nothing more then a beta program. Once you've let loose the hordes of humanity and patched every hole they make, it'll be a lot better.

Personally i'm enjoying my upgrade from XP SP2 to vista SP1 (SP2 soon, damn you language packs!). In my oppinion, i didn't lose any stability or speed but i did gain functionality. which makes it a win.

my next upgrade will be in 3 years. maybe i'll skip windows 7 alltogether, if windows 8 SP1 is out by the time i want to upgrade....


RE: "Considered a flop," huh?
By TA152H on 6/7/09, Rating: 0
RE: "Considered a flop," huh?
By mechBgon on 6/8/2009 12:25:25 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
If you think they covered their costs with additional sales, or that it enhanced their reputation, you're an idiot. Clearly, it damaged their reputation, and the only extra money people spend was to "downgrade" to Windows XP when they got stuck with Vista.


Actually, if you kept up with the security community, Vista has definitely enhanced Microsoft's reputation. For example...

quote:
I have found the code quality, at least in terms of security, to be much better overall in Vista than Mac OS X 10.4. It is obvious from observing affected components in security patches that Microsoft’s Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) has resulted in fewer vulnerabilities in newly-written code. I hope that more software vendors follow [Microsoft's] lead in developing proactive software security development methodologies.

--Dino Dai Zovi, winner of the 2007 pwn2own contest, discussing his pwnage of a Mac

quote:
Microsoft is in a difficult situation, where they haven't released anything anyone needs since Windows 2000.


If you're waiting for the average computer user to fully understand Vista's improved default security, so they can recognize their need for it, it's never going to happen. Computer security is not a simple topic that wraps up into a neat 15-second soundbite. And yes, computer security is important... just ask a victim of identity theft.


RE: "Considered a flop," huh?
By mechBgon on 6/8/2009 12:56:48 AM , Rating: 3
Incidentally, you may find this interesting too:

quote:
As of today MSRT install base on Vista is about 37% the size of that on XP.


37% is pretty close to Steam's stats. As you probably know, "MSRT" is the monthly malware-removal update available on Windows Update.

That statistic is from http://blogs.technet.com/mmpc/archive/2009/05/07/w... which also happens to show WinXP being over 13 times more likely than Vista to be infected with the Waledac malware that's the topic of the blog post. Ouch.


RE: "Considered a flop," huh?
By retrospooty on 6/8/2009 9:06:43 AM , Rating: 2
forget all that Steam crap... Here is the market share figures by net apps. Generally used to get the overall marketshare #'s/

http://marketshare.hitslink.com/os-market-share.as...

Vista just broke 24%. Not a good figure considering its bndled on new computers. The business community has avoided it like the plague and the consumers arent jumping in either.

It's not that Vista is so bad now, with SP1 and hte rest of the patches, but it's public perception is permanantly damaged. MS knows this and even moved Win7's ship date in because of it. It was originally planned for a 2011 release.


RE: "Considered a flop," huh?
By MrPoletski on 6/8/2009 6:11:43 AM , Rating: 1
works ok for me, and I get directx 10.. ;)


RE: "Considered a flop," huh?
By Screwballl on 6/8/2009 10:43:01 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
Vista now accounts for over 36% of Steam users, according to Valve's monthly survey.


This is because Steam has been failing to fix/patch their program when they have problem in XP... forcing people to use Vista if they have it... or just put up with the lack of support when "trying" to fix it with the Steam support people.

Look up the "memory cannot be read" problem, or any other number of problems found primarily in XP.

I myself am FORCED to use Vista if I want to play any Steam games. The conspiracy theorist inside me thinks they have been intentionally bugging their program because ever since an update about 6 months ago, I have not been able to play ANY Steam based game. CS:S just crashes, Portal "fails to load", TF2 takes 20 minutes just to load. Yet on the exact same system (multiple OS on it including XP and Vista), everything runs fine on Vista using the same security software... and before someone says "well maybe XP is messed up"... no I have formatted, clean fresh install using SP2 and SP3 and has the EXACT same problem, even on a fresh clean install without the security software... thats where and why I blame Steam.


Lame Names for the new Windows
By Belard on 6/8/2009 8:32:32 AM , Rating: 2
It was an improvement to rename Business as "PRO" and correctly give it the features it needs.

But its still quite stupid to have two versions of "HOME" when it requires another word to separate the differences.

If MS had a little bit more brains.
Win 7 should come in these flavors:

Basic (for netbooks and limited markets)
Home (Standard Home version - Drop "Premium")
Pro
Ultimate
Enterprise

Simple...

Don't need Home Basic and Home Premo.




RE: Lame Names for the new Windows
By retrospooty on 6/8/2009 9:10:31 AM , Rating: 2
It's really not that complex... If you go into a retail store and try to buy 7 you will only see Home premium, not basic. Basic will be OEM only.


By retrospooty on 6/8/2009 9:11:39 AM , Rating: 2
I should have added that there will be a total of 3 versions in retail - the 4 you see boxes for. Home premium, pro, and ultimate.

Easy enough...


RE: Lame Names for the new Windows
By Spivonious on 6/8/2009 10:00:56 AM , Rating: 2
Basic is only available in emerging markets. Maybe you're thinking of Starter? But that will be OEM only and has maximum system specs, like nothing larger than a 10" screen and no more than a single core processor.

You will see Home Premium, Pro, and maybe Ultimate in stores. Since Ultimate is pointless for any home user unless you need Bitlocker encryption, you only need to worry about Home Premium and Pro.


RE: Lame Names for the new Windows
By Belard on 6/9/2009 7:56:51 AM , Rating: 2
And response to Retrospooty (Cool handle).

Geez, I'm not bloody confused by the difference. There is no confusion.

The issue as simple enough, is WHY bother having a PREMO and Basic version?

Drop "home" for the Basic version.
Drop the "premo" for the Home (standard) edition.

So if a person is going to only see a box of Home Premo... why the frack bother with a two-worded name.

When it comes to conversations on blogs, chat rooms, tech support sites and support... Some one is going to have to ask "What version of Home are you talking about"?

If someone says Windows 7Basic... we all KNOW what that person is talking about.

If a person says "Home", do we assume its Prem or Basic edition because "I have a HP PC with Windows7 Home" won't tell a person if its a notebook, desktop or netbook. Obviously the Basic version should only be used on netbooks, but who knows?

Well.. Apple makes it pretty damn simple. $30 for a single edition, one version of the upcoming OS. And their family pack is under $100 for the new version.

MS wants to do write with their sucker... er Customers, they should offer a 3-license User retail version for about $100 or so (HOME edition). Some package deals for the Pro edition as well.

Win7 is a step in the right direction. People were screwed if they needed Vista Business and Home features but had to pay out the nose for Ultimate.


No !#$#?
By icanhascpu on 6/7/09, Rating: 0
RE: No !#$#?
By SeeManRun on 6/7/2009 6:42:44 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
quote: despite the pressure, From what? quote: Windows 7 should quickly shoot to the top of sales charts. Thank you for this insightful piece. The box art could have a big hand flip'n you the bird, its still going to be the top of the OS sales charts. Decades of no real competition kinda does that. Maybe MS should hire you to do something worthwhile instead of report on box art. Like trashing all the 32bit and non Ultimate variants so we dont have to see more fruit flavors shoot'n out of redmonds ass.


There is 15 seconds of my life I cannot get back. What a useless post. Just like this one. Thanks for forcing me to make another useless post!


RE: No !#$#?
By icanhascpu on 6/7/2009 7:51:39 PM , Rating: 4
I was going for a consistency with the main article as my guide in usefulness.


RE: No !#$#?
By eddieroolz on 6/7/2009 10:38:11 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, I want my 45 seconds spent reading all the comments back too.


Best Buy memo
By crystal clear on 6/7/2009 7:28:52 PM , Rating: 2
Free upgrades for PCs purchased with

Windows Vista® Home Premium -> Windows® 7 Home Premium
Windows Vista® Business -> Windows® 7 Professional
Windows Vista® Ultimate -> Windows® 7 Ultimate

For others-

Windows® 7 Home Premium upgrade - USD 49.99

Windows® 7 Professional upgrade - USD 99.99

http://www.engadget.com/2009/06/05/best-buy-memo-e...




RE: Best Buy memo
By crystal clear on 6/8/2009 2:00:35 AM , Rating: 2


Windows 7 Enterprise Upgrade to Cost $77 via Microsoft Software Assurance

Microsoft Software Assurance Program:

UPDATE: Microsoft has apparently taken down the portion of their site that had this deal initially. Thank goodness for Google cache! Click on the image below for a screenshot of the original offer page:


http://lh4.ggpht.com/_mFxJhJmMWXQ/SiWhszpbDlI/AAAA...


RE: Best Buy memo
By Spivonious on 6/8/2009 10:01:37 AM , Rating: 2
Those upgrade prices are ony good from June 26th through July 11th.


RE: Best Buy memo
By crystal clear on 6/8/2009 11:12:12 AM , Rating: 2
yes & also-

Paula Baldwin, a Best Buy spokeswoman, confirmed the authenticity of the memo, which she said comes from the retailer’s internal Web site for employees.

The Best Buy memo takes a kick at Vista, saying that it “isn’t just a ‘Vista that works.’”

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2009/06/05/timing-your...


get away from Vista
By Screwballl on 6/8/2009 10:54:40 AM , Rating: 2
If they want to separate W7 from Vista, then they also need to do so with their retail boxes... these look too much like the Vista boxes which customers may perceive as the "same as Vista" and cause sales to be much lower. Perception is everything, even when just looking at the box.




RE: get away from Vista
By Belard on 6/9/2009 8:00:53 AM , Rating: 2
They do look very much like vista... less color, but the same green / blue (Xp days) and black. Darth Vader Edition makes it cool.

They should have gone with... perhaps white with Colored single "windows" logo (green / blue / Red) for Home / Pro / Ultimate. Black/grey color for the "Windows 7" title. matching color for the version to match the flag.

Then on the back... drawing of $$$ leaving your wallet.


Nice box...
By riku0116 on 6/7/2009 10:02:21 PM , Rating: 3
Now lets see some price tags.




Nice
By jimmi on 6/7/2009 5:22:44 PM , Rating: 2
I like it. Clean and simple, just like the OS itself. Looks like they learned it after all.




By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 6/8/2009 11:52:14 AM , Rating: 2
[geek][sarcasm]

Really, DT, breaking news on box art? Really!? Well, at least we'll be better able to recognize it at the computer store. Way to be topical.

[/sarcasm][/geek]




Boxes ( a few, please MS...)
By greylica on 6/8/2009 11:58:56 AM , Rating: 2
The ultimate remember an X-box (Aplle OS-X ;) ), but it will be interesting if only those 3 versions are available instead of a 15 versions of annoying and confusing Windows 7 Family.
Better learn 3 OSes to sell than learn 15 confused Vista clones...




By monkeyman1140 on 6/8/2009 3:06:53 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft should sell Ultimate without the premium price. The tiered pricing structure is just plain silly.




By xeutonmojukai on 6/8/2009 3:46:07 PM , Rating: 2
I really, honestly love Windows 7.

I have used Linux, OS X, Vista, XP, and all of them have their advantages and disadvantages.

Having tried out the W7 RC in a new build I did for a friend, I discovered something:

This system is flawless. It's more user friendly than my OS X, easier to customize in the ways that matter compared to my Ubuntu client, more stable than XP, and better at gaming than Vista.

On top of that, it has the best UI I've ever seen. Everything just makes sense, and I think Microsoft is finally making an OS that works properly and then some.

I have been a Mac maniac for a long, long time now. Finally, I think I am ready to convert when my next personal rig comes around.

Thank goodness, too.




such a pretty box...
By Beavermatic on 6/9/2009 9:06:23 PM , Rating: 2
...and the millions spent on creating that logo.

It's a terrible shame that those of us poor "torrent" fiends will miss out on such a lovely piece of plastic and cardboard.




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