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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: Yeah.
By AlexWade on 6/2/2009 4:46:52 PM , Rating: 3
FUD was one factor. But what I found to be a big reason for Vista's bad reputation is people were attempting to install it on a computer with the minimum hardware specs. That ain't going to fly with Vista or Windows 7. So the net result was a computer struggling to do all the new stuff Vista does and being bogged down. And then people say that Vista sucks but in reality their computer sucks. People don't realize Vista is doing more than XP. So in their ignorance with the cheap or old computer they spread misinformation to others. Then the media picks up on it because, as Don Henley sang about, they need dirty laundry. The result is a self-perpetuating negative image.

With enough memory, Vista is really good. The extras on it do make life easier, such as the search box in the start menu and control panel. But those extras come with a cost of resources.

Having said all that, Windows 7 is a lot better than Vista. Perhaps Microsoft best consumer OS ever.

RE: Yeah.
By Alphafox78 on 6/2/2009 4:57:41 PM , Rating: 4
Win7 flys on my lowly P4 with 2GB of ram..
(its a WORK computer) *ashamed*

RE: Yeah.
By MonkeyPaw on 6/2/2009 6:06:02 PM , Rating: 2
That's more RAM than what's on my work PC. I just talked them into a 1GB upgrade last year. Before that, it had just 256mb--running shared graphics and Windows XP! And people wondered why some businesses passed on Vista...

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