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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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One version and lower price
By gigahertz20 on 5/11/2009 11:16:36 PM , Rating: 2
I think it would have been smarter for Microsoft just to sell one product and call it Windows 7, that is it. Then when installing, you have the option of installing which version you want Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate edition. And of course it would explain to the user what the differences are and then they pick.

Also, one flat price, Apple charges $130 for Leopard so I think somewhere near that would be a good price. Say $150 or $200.




RE: One version and lower price
By RandomFool on 5/11/2009 11:32:53 PM , Rating: 3
Apple charges $130 for an OS X upgrade disc. You can't buy it standalone.


RE: One version and lower price
By pukemon on 5/12/2009 7:59:17 AM , Rating: 2
The retail boxed copies are standalone. The only way you get an OEM disc of OS X are the discs that come with a new machine that usually only work on that particular model.

It's $129 for a single license, $199 for the "Family Pack" that allows for up to 5 installations.

Either disc (which are really the same physical disc) lets you do an upgrade or a clean install.


RE: One version and lower price
By Targon on 5/12/2009 8:19:20 AM , Rating: 3
Since Apple has locked the OS to work only on Apple computers, a part of the price being so low is that a part of the price is integrated into the high price of the computers. So, you can say that the high price of Apple computers is partially to offset the low cost of the OS.

Microsoft on the other hand, does not sell computers, and does not get some special license fee from every computer sold if the computer does not include Windows.

Yes, it is a trade-off, but since the vast majority of people will NEVER upgrade the OS on their computers, the price of the OS is never fully understood by most computer purchasers anyway. When you can buy a new computer from Best Buy for $350-$380 that comes with Vista Home Premium, you have to understand just how little that version of Windows ends up costing the customer.


RE: One version and lower price
By Uncle on 5/12/2009 1:49:35 AM , Rating: 5
MS is only selling one OS called Win7, the flavours all happen when you punch in your serial number.


RE: One version and lower price
By yacoub on 5/12/2009 8:10:29 AM , Rating: 5
i read "the flavors all happen when i punch you in the face" and did a double take. early morning :(


By drunkenmastermind on 5/12/2009 8:52:19 AM , Rating: 2
That was fu#$%ing funny! I was pissing myself on that post.


RE: One version and lower price
By Golgatha on 5/12/2009 12:27:32 PM , Rating: 3
If you enter and try to validate a pirated serial, you get punched in the face!


RE: One version and lower price
By Sulphademus on 5/12/2009 3:09:49 PM , Rating: 2
If you fail the Windows Genuine Advantage check, all your windows become loops of the Steve Balmer dance.


RE: One version and lower price
By lagitup on 5/22/2009 11:59:23 PM , Rating: 2
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If you enter and try to validate a pirated serial, you get punched in the face!

So *thats* why i woke up with a bloody nose...


RE: One version and lower price
By yxalitis on 5/12/2009 2:10:57 AM , Rating: 1
Ummm, that's pretty much how it works, there's only one ISO, with all flavours on board, the serial decides which is installed.


RE: One version and lower price
By gigahertz20 on 5/12/2009 3:39:55 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah, the serial that you purchased decides which one you can install. You should be able to buy Windows 7, then pick whatever one you want.


RE: One version and lower price
By omnicronx on 5/12/2009 8:42:54 AM , Rating: 2
And then you can upgrade at any time if you so choose.


RE: One version and lower price
By omnicronx on 5/12/2009 8:41:59 AM , Rating: 2
How many times must this be said, Windows is not OSX!

OSX is not a full fledged business ready OS like the higher tier versions of Windows. OSX should directly compare to the home premium version, which is right in the pricerange you are asking for. I'm pretty sure the only noticeable difference between the two is OSX has shadowcopying, although I would wager a large percentage of OSX users don't even use this feature, especially on laptops as it eats up HD space.

Furthermore something gives me the feeling the MS marketing team knows what they are doing, they are one of the best in the business after all. I'm pretty sure they could convince a blind man to buy a car, they did sell a wackload of pre-sp1 vista after ;)


RE: One version and lower price
By B3an on 5/12/2009 9:21:00 AM , Rating: 5
Windows is also vastly more advanced than OSX and supports literally tens of thousands of different hardware configurations and devices. unlike OSX.


RE: One version and lower price
By callmeroy on 5/12/2009 9:45:00 AM , Rating: 1
If you are gonna make just one version -- then make just ONE version. What exactly is the point for users to get a screen that asks them what version to install? Would you not just install the the most feature rich version 8 out of 10 times (with the 2 other times being a situatlion like putting it on a lower end machine, or just install a quick test box)?

Now Microsoft's PoV --- what incentive do they have on giving you seperate versions for install all for the same price? How many companies offer upgrades of their product line for no added cost?

In short, this idea makes no sense to me --- at all.

I'm fine with MS selling multiple versions, and I see no "foul play" in charging more or less per vesion based on what the version offers or does not offer.

But again, if you want just one version for the sake of simplicity alone -- then I'd say just make a SINGLE version, what you install is what you get -- that's the product.


RE: One version and lower price
By Sulphademus on 5/12/2009 3:14:51 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
What exactly is the point for users to get a screen that asks them what version to install?


No such screen exists.
The serial key decides which version is installed. You know what serial you bought because it said so on the box (assuming a retail purchase). The actual data on the DVD is universal though.


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