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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: anything is better than vista...
By CrazyBernie on 5/12/2009 12:27:14 AM , Rating: 5
You know what's really odd is I never had issues with Millenium Edition. People all around me claimed that their computers were spontaneously combusting, but mine kept trucking along. I guess it's because I did really crazy stuff like download updates to Windows and device drivers.

RE: anything is better than vista...
By afkrotch on 5/12/2009 2:22:47 AM , Rating: 2
ME was worse than 98SE. I also downloaded updates and drivers. 98SE would get the like 2-3 blue screens a day, while ME would get double that.

I quickly went to NT and then Win2k just to get off both the piece of crap.

RE: anything is better than vista...
By dubyadubya on 5/12/2009 5:18:49 AM , Rating: 2
You must of had some good hardware? Windows Me was mediocre at best but I had few if any BSOD's. It's weak spot was the lack of available memory handles. 9x has a limited number of memory handles and Me just used too many itself. This caused low or out of memory errors even with plenty of physical memory left. 98se was as perfect as 9x could get. Not server stability but plenty stable for general home use.

RE: anything is better than vista...
By Targon on 5/12/2009 8:52:32 AM , Rating: 2
Don't forget that ME had VERY VERY bad plug and play support for resource allocation. If you took a card and moved it from one PCI slot to another, it might cause your system to crash, and moving the card back would not resolve the issue. 98 was NEVER that bad, so it was pretty clear that Microsoft was trying to improve that aspect of the OS, but failed miserably.

By captainpierce on 5/12/2009 7:36:23 AM , Rating: 2
Millenium sucked on clean installs w/hardware and drivers it was supposed to work with. I sometimes wished it would cause spontaneous combustion...then I would've been done with the damn thing!

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