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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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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.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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