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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: Now waiting on pricing....
By Aloonatic on 5/12/2009 5:13:04 AM , Rating: 5
There are many things that may affect the price of a product or service, but ultimately you end up paying what the market decides something is worth. When it's not produced locally you end up paying a little extra in duties and taxes, shipping etc but at the end of the day, you pay the market rate.

In the UK (not sure how it compares to Oz) it often appears that we are being ripped off but when you take into account the other factors (especially in the high-street retail space) then you realise that there isn't much difference. In fact, often the profit/margins for the producer are reduced. When you take into account the extra transportation costs (like road taxes and fuel duties), possibly (not sure, but it wouldn't surprise me) higher wages for transport workers, higher cost of commercial and retail property (through local taxes and general property costs), higher wages that are paid (through minimum wage and because of higher income taxes) and then the final probably higher sales tax (almost everywhere has higher sales taxes than the USA) then the higher price is often not some sort of evil US conspiracy where they are ripping people off royally, but it usually has more to do with domestic financial decisions.

Or maybe it is the evil plottings going on in Gate's Towers where he strokes his cat that is sitting on his lap, laughing at Australia/UK/elsewhere whilst super models frolic in piles of $100 dollar bills.

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