The year's most highly anticipated software release, Windows 7, is just around the corner. Microsoft recently announced that the new OS would see general availability (consumer sales) on October 22. In preparation for that, it recently began its termination of the beta program, encouraging users to install the Release Candidate build which will be available until August.
A bevy of Windows blogs including Neowin.net, GeekSmack.net, and Wzor report that the final "gold" build of Windows 7 will occur on July 10 and the OS will see a release-to-manufacturing on July 13. Release to manufacturing builds are typically identical to general availability builds for major software releases. However, if a major bug is encountered, its possible the consumer release could feature something new.
The main purpose of the RTM build will be to give hardware manufacturers more time to tweak their drivers with a working "final" version of Windows 7. The release of the build will coincide with the kickoff of Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference (WWPC) set to kick off in New Orleans.
Reportedly TechNet, MSDN, and a few other partner connections will all get the RTM build on July 13. Also, it can be expected that the build will quickly leak onto torrents -- all of Microsoft's previous "private" releases leaked in short time.
U.S. and Canadian consumers have until Saturday, July 11 to pre-order Windows 7 at an ultra cheap price of $49.99 for a Home Premium upgrade or $99.99 for an upgrade to the professional edition. Pre-orders in UK, Japan, France, and Germany will run from July 15 to August 14.
quote: hardware and PC makers will once again be caught with their pants down then as well even if Windows 9 is RTM 6 months in advance of launch
quote: ...a few iMac-like monoblocks, price them Apple way and there you go - MS will have profitable hardware business and a few techies with deep pockets can get their PROPERLY supported Win9/Win10/WinXXX hardware right at the day of the release to market.
quote: Microsoft could sell a model in this category and with Windows 7 and by accepting a slightly smaller profit margin in return for stronger hardware, it could easily outsell the likes of the MacBook Pro
quote: I don't know... the new OLED Zune just doesn't have much to set it above the iPod Touch
quote: iPod Touch has none of those features
quote: iPod Touch doesn't have either of those features
quote: PS3 gives the Xbox 360 a run for its money
quote: though the Xbox does sell a lot of software
quote: Also there'd be antitrust issues, considering its dominant marketshare in the OS business -- the EU and their ilk would likely perceive the release of proprietary hardware as favoritism and an antitrust violation.
quote: I wish MS did some nice MacBook Air-like ultralite notebook that beats Apple's one, but it is too much to ask for at the moment.
quote: Really, there's only one void in the premium systems market with Windows currently, and that's the lightweight notebook division. There's plenty of high-end ultra-performing PCs, some nice small form factor designs, and really nice larger notebooks. However, Apple wins in one category -- notebooks under four pounds. Microsoft could sell a model in this category (or any other manufacturer could) and with Windows 7 and by accepting a slightly smaller profit margin in return for stronger hardware, it could easily outsell the likes of the MacBook Pro.
quote: so lean it can run on a Pentium II with 96 MB of RAM
quote: Vista sold very well
quote: the disappointment was that it failed to surpass Windows XP's great sales and that it received some bad press early on that distorted the public's image of the OS.
quote: However, Windows has had a long history of users running with administrative rights. As a result, software has often been developed to run in administrative accounts and take dependencies, often unintentionally, on administrative rights. ...When UAC is enabled, all user accounts—including administrative accounts—run with standard user rights. This means that application developers must consider the fact that their software won't have administrative rights by default. This should remind them to design their application to work with standard user rights.
quote: Some programs still write temp files and settings directly to "C:\Program Files" which requires the app to run as admin. Ugh.
quote: In preparation for that, it recently began its termination of the beta program, encouraging users to install the Release Candidate build which will be available until August.
quote: However, if a major bug is encountered, its possible the consumer release could feature something new.