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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 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
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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