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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 birdshot80 on 6/2/2009 5:31:07 PM , Rating: 4
Uh, I bought Vista the week it came out and it ran just fine on my single core Athlon64 3700+ with 1 GB of RAM before I later upgraded. I also installed XP the day after it went gold on my 1.2 Ghz Thunderbird & 256 MB RAM. Both times I enjoyed the new experience and only encountered minor problems with my sound cards(both times caused by Creative's crappy drivers) So maybe the OS didn't suck. Maybe your PC sucked. Maybe you sucked. And if you are just regurgitating someone else's opinion, then maybe you suck for taking their word for it.


RE: Yeah.
By saiga6360 on 6/2/09, Rating: 0
RE: Yeah.
By fcx56 on 6/3/2009 3:20:43 AM , Rating: 3
Finally, go piss and moan someplace else for all of our convienence, including yours.

One day if you are open minded enough to revise your own version of history you'll realize that a majority of the problems were with lazy third parties waiting until the very last minute and usually another minute again afterwords to release proper drivers under the new driver models. I feel as bad for anyone with a Creative soundcard during this whole process (speaking from experience) as the people that read your pointless rant and were tasked with saving us all by downrating it.

RE: Yeah.
By CrimsonFrost on 6/3/2009 11:17:10 AM , Rating: 2
I call BS on that, I had literally the exact same setup as you. I thought I was the only poor sap trying to run it on that crap (for Vista anyhow) and it was horribly slow, couldn't play HD videos very well (lots of stuttering, etc etc), didn't like when I tried to run multiple programs at once, if I played music for instance it pretty much guaranteed that I shouldn't be doing anything else. Don't get me wrong, I like Vista a lot, but with a single core CPU and only 1 gig of RAM, shooting yourself in the foot would be a much better use of your time.

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