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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 Alexstarfire on 6/2/2009 5:14:01 PM , Rating: -1
You're right, the fact that some programs just don't work on Vista has nothing to do with it. Guess Battlefield 1942 is just a POS then. This is one of several things that has problems running on Vista without some effort to get it running properly. Considering XP will run all of these trouble programs for me I have a hard time liking Vista, on top of other very unnecessary changes.

RE: Yeah.
By pequin06 on 6/2/2009 5:32:36 PM , Rating: 5
I was really bummed out when Quicken 99 didn't work on Vista.
I had years of data that I couldn't access anymore.
So what did I do? I got a new version of Quicken.
I hated it.
It was a big deal for me at the time. My backup files would not work. The data couldn't be read or wouldn't convert correctly to the new version of Quicken. Lost years of stuff.
So I said, "Well, I'll try MS Money." It sucked and didn't do much better. Then I looked into GNU Money or whatever it's called and that quickly passed as I said, "Linux? Yeah right!".

Did I blame Vista? No. It never crossed my mind that it has to be Vista's fault and that I should've stuck with XP.
I was using legacy software and you can only squeeze soo much time out of an older no longer supported piece of software.

RE: Yeah.
By Oregonian2 on 6/2/2009 6:32:58 PM , Rating: 2
I might point out that you're really talking about something different. Having Vista and expecting full compatibility (however desirable) is one thing. But a person who doesn't WANT the upgrade to Vista and just wants to replace his broken machine with XP like the old one had -- happy with NOT getting the enhancements that the new OS provides (but still is given Vista by the store) is another.

Especially when XP was still being sold at the time.

Note that he was NOT an unhappy camper in the end, because he did get the OS replaced by the store with XP, which worked fine for him. Just that if someone asked him what he thought of Vista, they'd get negative comments -- ALL of which were perfectly valid.

P.S. - We've been using Quicken since it was a text-based application (pre-Gui). Its database has updated just fine since then and that data from forever ago is still there along with our current data (Quicken 2008 I think). But we're running XP still, so in your case Vista may or may not be involved -- but I'm surprised you lost data. Possibly it's because of the huge time-gap you had between versions (we're usually maybe 3~4 years between versions of Quicken).

RE: Yeah.
By Luticus on 6/2/2009 7:12:48 PM , Rating: 2
Can I expect my new machine to come fully equiped, driver ready and supported with widnows 3.1 on it... Because everything after that is just bloat... </sarcasm>

What the manufacturer loads is what the manufacturer loads, plenty of custom PC shops were, and probably still are, selling PC's with Windows XP on them.

RE: Yeah.
By Oregonian2 on 6/3/2009 4:45:13 PM , Rating: 2
Like I said, when he bought his machine, XP machines were being sold at the same time, and not as a "downgrade" as it was in later years. When Vista was released, XP was not canceled from the marketplace simultaneously. It was at the time of that initial release that he had his problems. The very first release of Vista had problems for some people. It wasn't bug free, even if many here think it was (which brings up the question as to what the SP's are for if it was bug free to begin with).

RE: Yeah.
By Luticus on 6/3/2009 7:22:12 PM , Rating: 2
I don't ever tell anyone it was bug free. I just tell them that it isn't garbage like everyone makes it out to be... It was a new OS, of course it will have some glitches, the two SP's added features, patched potential security holes, and yes, fixed a few bugs.

Even I didn't switch from XP to Vista overnight. There was about a 6 month period when I was still using XP as my primary OS after I’d bought my first Vista copy. I did this because my main system was well established and had lots of software and hardware that didn't go over to Vista very easily. After finding numerous patches and “work arounds” for the software and replacing all out of date hardware I managed to switch fully, that computer to this day still dual boots though, just rarely to XP. It's since been replaced by a new "Master computer" (as I tend to call my main system) that is completely Vista x64 Ultimate. The new one does, however, use a virtual machine with XP on it for security reasons and also test purposes.

Anyone who doesn't anticipate a turbulent switch when they buy a brand new OS is in for a surprise. I did and therefore I had an easy time of it, lost no data, and managed to eventually get everything I need working in vista just fine. The only hardware I needed to replace was my TV tuner card which was about 5 years old at that point. My point is that these problems are not limited to Windows; this is with any operating system. I hear OS9 to OSX wasn't exactly smooth sailing either.

RE: Yeah.
By Luticus on 6/3/2009 7:23:28 PM , Rating: 2
Oops... I meant for the reply to my own post to be a reply to this post.

RE: Yeah.
By Donkeyshins on 6/3/2009 3:57:45 PM , Rating: 1
Guess Battlefield 1942 is just a POS then.

No, but EA is for not releasing a patch to fix it for Vista.

...on top of other very unnecessary changes.

What changes, pray tell, are these? Better security? Improved UI? Improved network stack?

"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer

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