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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 invidious on 6/2/2009 4:55:21 PM , Rating: 2
If you think XP is perfect then you have very limitted expectations. Vista, especially Vista64 is a lot more stable.

RE: Yeah.
By Alexstarfire on 6/2/2009 5:20:20 PM , Rating: 2
That most certainly depends on how you use the OS. XP has more things that can break it, but assuming the users isn't a total f*cktard XP is quite stable. Only times I've had it crash is when it's overclocked. Which my motherboard decides to randomly overclock the RAM sometimes. Not sure why since it's not set up to OC the RAM. Anyway, not a software problem at all.

RE: Yeah.
By Aloonatic on 6/3/2009 2:31:50 AM , Rating: 2
That's just it, most people do have very very very very very limited expectations. They demand every little from their PC and XP used to do what they wanted and they knew how to make it work. Put yourselves in their shoes, and it can easily appear that someone is just trying to make you buy something that you don't need and don't know how to use, so will face a bill for the new OS and for tech support too. Is there any wonder that there was resistance?

As for "a lot more stable", I really don't think that that is the case. Almost all problems that I have seen with both XP and Vista (have recently seen BSoD on Vista, been a while on XP) have been caused by hardware faults. Rarely is it anything to do with the OS. What I have seen a lot of, and get a lot of reports of too, is that Vista may not crash but it does grey out and not respond for long periods of time, a lot longer than XP ever used to which used to lose faith in whatever was not responding and end it a lot earlier.

Vista64, who runs that at the moment? People here, and people with specialists needs. Not the general public though, not yet.

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