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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
Release date is in line with previous reports, holiday-season ready

Windows 7 will indeed be hitting in time for the holiday season.  The much-buzzed about operating system is set to inherit the operating system throne from the much-maligned Windows Vista, with general commercial availability starting on October 22 according to a Microsoft press release aired today.

Previous reports had come quite close to pegging the release date, with October 23 being the cited date in many reports.  Bill Veghte, senior vice president for Microsoft's Windows, helped announced the true date, stating, "We feel confident that we will deliver Windows 7 with our partners on Oct. 22."

Microsoft faces tremendous pressure with the release.  The company has been hounded by its investors in recent months for revenue drops related to the recession.  These investors are quick to note that Windows Vista, while a solid seller, failed to surpass Windows XP.

Despite these problems, Vista and other Windows operating systems accounted for roughly 30 percent of the company's $60B USD in sales in 2008.  Windows-based operating systems are currently installed on approximately 90 percent of the world's personal computers. 

For Microsoft, the finalized release date represents both good news and bad.  The good news is it will make the lucrative holiday shopping season, a frequent time for people to buy new systems.  The bad news is that it will miss the equally lucrative back-to-school shopping season, where parents and college students typically purchase systems.

Microsoft does face some pressure, too -- Apple will be releasing its Snow Leopard OS sometime this summer or fall, and Google recently announced that its Android OS was coming to netbooks, courtesy of Acer.  The challenges, for now, though are limited -- Windows 7 will almost certainly lead these next generation operating systems in sales.

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RE: Facing Pressure
By ksherman on 6/2/2009 4:11:11 PM , Rating: -1
Its not a service pack update, at all. There are going to be some significant and foundational new technologies (supposedly) being introduced into Snow Leopard. Sure, not changes that will make the average person as giddy as someone like me, but I am excited for 10.6, and Windows 7! Been running 7 RC1 on my MacBook Pro since it was released and it is quite good!

RE: Facing Pressure
By omnicronx on 6/2/2009 5:00:54 PM , Rating: 3
The most exciting thing about Snow Leopard is what will be removed(compatibility code etc), not what will be added.. If it were not for the addition of true 64bit support, it basically would have been a service pack.

7 is a major release for MS, most OSX users won't even notice the change between 10.5 and .6.. aside from the 'new and improved' theme(not a gui change), all the changes were under the hood.

RE: Facing Pressure
By Luticus on 6/2/2009 7:02:43 PM , Rating: 2
A little more customization in the GUI interface might be nice but I’m a Windows/Linux user so I guess it really doesn’t affect me much.

RE: Facing Pressure
By wallijonn on 6/3/2009 2:12:28 PM , Rating: 2
The most exciting thing about Snow Leopard is what will be removed(compatibility code etc), not what will be added.. If it were not for the addition of true 64bit support, it basically would have been a service pack.

Some of us are still running PowerPCs, so the loss is felt. To us "saving space on the hard disc" is hardly a consideration.

RE: Facing Pressure
By grandpope on 6/10/2009 2:09:40 PM , Rating: 2
I don't agree with the decision to remove PPC support either, but why should support for it be installed on my Intel?

Provide code bases on the DVD(s), fine. Don't throw the kitchen sink on my HDD.

RE: Facing Pressure
By djcameron on 6/2/2009 6:36:50 PM , Rating: 5
I found Leopard to be so annoying that after six months of using it, I installed Windows 7 on my MacBook, and I've never been happier. Steve can keep his OS X.

RE: Facing Pressure
By sxr7171 on 6/2/2009 9:47:25 PM , Rating: 2
Ha Ha, pretty bad. The only reason to buy Mac hardware is to have a supported copy of OS X. Anyway I don't use OS X.

If using windows there are far superior laptops in the world. They don't use that played out heavy aluminum. Rather they use magnesium alloy and carbon fiber. A refurb Dell E4200 is less than $1000 and weighs 2.2lbs.

Totally takes a crap on Macbooks.

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