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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: Oh really?
By Targon on 5/12/2009 8:59:17 AM , Rating: 2
When you buy a freshly released product based on a new design, there is the possibility that you will be hurt because when you are on the bleeding edge of technology, you CAN expect problems. It is expected that over time, the problems will be resolved, so those waiting 6-8 months after an initial product release can generally expect a better experience than the early adopters.

Windows 7 is really Windows Vista with a number of updates and improvements. As a result, all of the bleeding was done during the first five to seven months after the Vista release. Read my longish post in this topic if you do not know why Vista had so many problems, and why the perception of Vista is still bad, even though the problems had been fixed over a year ago.

These days, the general requirement in computers should be a dual-core processor, and 2+ gigs of system memory, with a DirectX 9 or 10 graphics adapter/GPU. If your computer does not meet this level, then why would you expect anything NEW to run on it decently?

RE: Oh really?
By the goat on 5/12/2009 9:39:37 AM , Rating: 2
When you buy a freshly released product based on a new design, there is the possibility that you will be hurt. . .

What are you talking about? My post was simply highlighting the fact that most of the coverage of windows 7 is neutral not outstandingly positive like the article makes it sound.

RE: Oh really?
By theapparition on 5/12/2009 10:48:04 AM , Rating: 2
And what are you talking about. Every article I've seen rates Win7 as the best OS ever from MS. Hardly neutral.

RE: Oh really?
By omnicronx on 5/12/2009 11:06:26 AM , Rating: 2
If an OS works well, and is considered the best release to date, then who cares about comments about '7 is just more Vista', and how does that result in coverage being nutral?

To me it just shows how little reviewers know (or what their true intentions are). How can they review the OS itself so high, yet compare it to Vista which they reviewed so low. Its nothing more than a way to get more clicks.

If the OS is reviewed well that is all that matters, you are just nitpicking to make a point.(and a bad one at that)

RE: Oh really?
By omnicronx on 5/12/2009 11:06:49 AM , Rating: 2
I should really stop feeding the trolls..

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