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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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By Disorganise on 5/16/2009 9:09:10 PM , Rating: 2
Whilst I agree with most of what you're saying, Vista really isn't that great an OS.
I played with Vista since beta 3, and agree most issues were driver based -it took Nvidia a couple of months before I had a driver that worked at ALL with my card. By the time it was released to the general public, the basic drivers were there, but performance was dodgy and crashes too common with common apps (I recall the first few versions of adobe reader being truly excellent at turning machine into something that felt like a 286)
A couple of years on I no longer dual boot to XP, BUT, Vista does have a tendancy to go slow at times for no apparent reason - and I have 6GB RAM didn't help much.

I see Vista like Windows 2000; full of excellent ideas but ultimately rushed out the door too soon. XP built on 2000 and is a brilliant OS. Windows7 builds on Vista and will also be a decent OS I think/hope. Win2k was version 5.0 internally and XP is 5.1. Vista is 6.0 and I'm pretty sure Win7 is actually 6.2 (6.1 being taken by windows server 2008).

Hopefully the algorithms for super fetch have been thoroughly worked over since that's where i believe the biggest issues remain. SP1 brought (for me) much higher disk IO, and SP2 has turned it back to 'normal', but I still find apps far too slow to start, and too often go 'not responding' for 30 or 40 seconds or so. And this with RAM at 4.2GB in use leaving 1.8GB free, and CPU around 25%.
Having said that, my media centre PC (also Vista) has no particular problem but then that's not running office, games etc etc.

So in conclusion - I agree drivers ruined Vista's reputation in the early days, but disagree that everything is now peachy.

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