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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 Oregonian2 on 6/2/2009 6:22:47 PM , Rating: 2
He had some specialized software where the company that made it didn't exist anymore, but where the function was not something doable with some other company's. So no Vista upgrades were available. He had bought the new machine ONLY because his old one died gloriously and fully.

He also had some other software that didn't work, but Vista when it first came out had some Microsoft-known compatibility shortcomings that wasn't fixed until about a year later (after my friend had his Vista machine). Upgrading application software for that would not have helped at the time.

Someone may be a dumb ass, but it wasn't him. i'll let others reading this decide who is the dumb ass.

He's an electronic engineer, btw.

RE: Yeah.
By SavagePotato on 6/2/2009 6:32:05 PM , Rating: 2
Your friend wants to use specialized software that was made by a company that no longer exists then guess what, he better learn to suck it up or find new software.

This has no effect on grandma standing in a line demanding an xp downgrade because your friend told her vista sucks for a reason this stupid.

Yes your friend is a dumbass.

I am going to go one better and say you are as well.

Good day.

RE: Yeah.
By Oregonian2 on 6/2/2009 6:34:50 PM , Rating: 2
I agree that he should have just bought new hardware and installed his old XP copy on his new hardware, but I think your position is elitist.

RE: Yeah.
By Oregonian2 on 6/2/2009 6:35:56 PM , Rating: 2
P.S. - Unlike you, I prefer to be a dumb ass than a smart ass.

RE: Yeah.
By Luticus on 6/2/09, Rating: 0
RE: Yeah.
By Oregonian2 on 6/3/2009 4:56:26 PM , Rating: 2
Note that at no time (check my postings) did I say Vista Sucked. That is only your position. I think it's probably fine after the first SP. I gave no advice whatsoever in any direction -- I only described the problems and actions by someone I know. Something that's a matter of fact, not really arguable unless one thinks I'm making him up. Any conclusions were made by readers.

Vista got some bad vibes from those with problems upon the first release (first impressions are the strongest). Those who know people who had problems will shy away from it. I think that's natural -- but some here such as yourself think it isn't. You're entitled to your opinion based upon your experience, but others also are justified in their opinions based upon their experiences too. Just because it's made by Microsoft and is "new" doesn't mean it's automatically wonderful and bug free.

P.S. - I've some friends who are software design engineers at Microsoft, they're very smart and great engineers (I'm a HW engineer), but they'd be the first to admit that Microsoft software isn't perfect.

RE: Yeah.
By sbtech on 6/4/2009 7:27:00 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft software isn't perfect

Neither is Linux, OSX, OS400, and so on.

Your point being?

RE: Yeah.
By Oregonian2 on 6/7/2009 3:08:21 PM , Rating: 2
When Microsoft released Vista, there was an API for something (graphics related I think) that wasn't ready for release quite yet. Had been supported in XP, but the Vista version wasn't completed at that time they wanted to release it -- so they released Vista anyway. Applications that used that API stopped working, and upgrades from the vendor were pointless because it wasn't their problem. Microsoft knew about it upon release and said they'd release it later (which I think they did in the SP) -- but in the meanwhile everybody who had working software in XP and upgraded for whatever reason no longer could use those applications, and the ONLY possible fixes were to either go back to XP or to wait until the Vista version was released (meaning like a year later). Some of those who didn't use software requiring that API thought anybody complaining was a whimpy cryer and an anti-progress anti-microsoft idiot. Those who did use such software did NOT like Vista at the time nor those who belittled them for not loving Vista despite their predicament.

RE: Yeah.
By Luticus on 6/4/2009 9:45:15 AM , Rating: 2
I think I mistook someone else’s post for one of your earlier posts and got confused after reading down this far about who said what. I was in a hurry, what can I say...

Sorry for anything in my earlier post that doesn't apply to you... basically sorry for the whole post. :-)

I know I can be a bit outspoken sometimes, especially when I feel strongly about a particular topic, but I’m always will to admit when I screw up. I think that's a good thing.

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