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Windows 7 is coming in time for the holiday shopping season

Windows 7 has been the talk of the tech community for months now. Excitement over the operating system reached a high point when Microsoft released the first public beta of Windows 7 during CES 2009 in early January. Microsoft then upped the ante last week when it provided the first Release Candidate (RC) version of Windows 7 to the public.

Microsoft is now confident enough in Windows 7 that it today announced that the operating system will be available in time for the "holiday shopping season". Although Acer has leaked its intention to release a product using Windows 7 by October 23, this is the first confirmation from Microsoft that the operating system will ship this year.

"Microsoft is committed to ensuring that IT professionals and developers continue to have the platform and technologies to drive maximum value and business results. Getting the most out of IT investments is even more important in today’s economy," said Bill Veghte, Microsoft's senior vice president of the Windows Business. "With early RC testing and extensive partner feedback we’ve received, Windows 7 is tracking well for holiday availability."

The overall reception to Windows 7 through its beta and early RC stages has been overwhelmingly positive. In fact, the reception to Windows 7 has been quite the opposite of its predecessor, Windows Vista, which was plagued with software and driver incompatibilities at launch. Given that Windows 7 builds upon the foundation laid down by Windows Vista which has had a few years to mature, many of those growing pains are long gone.

Windows 7 will be available in Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions. According to Microsoft, over 75 percent of Windows 7 installations will come through OEMs and the majority of installations will be 64-bit.

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It'll be the first...
By ummduh on 5/11/2009 11:10:43 PM , Rating: 2
Copy of Windows that I'll actually pay out of pocket for.

I've used 98, 98SE, 2KPRO, and now XP. All of them pre-installed.. (Had Macs pre-98, when my parents were still paying!)
Anyways, I was getting bored with XP.. Need something new. Didn't like how hard Vista was on my hardware.. I don't think my fans ever turned off.

I like 7 so far and am actually willing to buy this one.

RE: It'll be the first...
By mikeyD95125 on 5/12/2009 12:43:45 AM , Rating: 2
Don't expect Windows 7 to be to much softer on your hardware. Especially if you are planning on running Aero. Refer to the Anandtech review of the release canidate.

RE: It'll be the first...
By afkrotch on 5/12/2009 2:38:01 AM , Rating: 2
Unless you were buying workstation/server class hardware, you wouldn't have gotten Win2k pre-installed.

RE: It'll be the first...
By feraltoad on 5/12/2009 5:53:45 AM , Rating: 2
He probably purchased through or from work. I know of a local company that sold off hundreds of PCs they were replacing, all with Win2k installed.

RE: It'll be the first...
By Silver2k7 on 5/12/2009 9:13:28 AM , Rating: 2
"Unless you were buying workstation/server class hardware, you wouldn't have gotten Win2k pre-installed."

2000 was my choise also over the Millennium Edition... 3.11 -> 95 -> 98 -> 2000 -> XP -> Vista

RE: It'll be the first...
By GaryJohnson on 5/12/2009 9:37:27 AM , Rating: 2
2000 was shipped on desktops. It was on all the PCs in the computer labs at a college I was at and they were definately not workstation/server class.

RE: It'll be the first...
By therealnickdanger on 5/12/2009 10:01:08 AM , Rating: 2
I worked at CompUSA during that period and we sold plenty of stock HP/Compaq desktops with Win2K pre-loaded.

You might be thinking of Windows Server 2K.

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