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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: Facing Pressure
By pxavierperez on 6/3/2009 12:53:50 AM , Rating: -1
Like the OP, you have very little clue or none at all of what you're talking about.

Quicktime, is not by any means just a media player like WMP. it provides system wide services which other app can use locally. this is true, though not entirely, for Quicktime windows as well. Apps such as Microsoft Expression Suite for Windows uses Quicktime services to handle major media files locally. Developers use Quicktime services since it's faster than coding your own system functions. hence a major overhaul on Quicktime affects the entire OS X system.

And for software developers Snow Leopard is a major overhaul. People such as you and the OP whose knowledge never surpass beyond on how to click a mouse would never understand that.

Let the people who actually use and understand OS X do the criticism. Otherwise you just look entirely clueless.

RE: Facing Pressure
By Master Kenobi on 6/3/2009 6:20:27 AM , Rating: 5
It's a real shame then that Quicktime has since the dawn of time been a terrible product. I am patiently awaiting this rebuild to see if it changes that. I'm also highly interested in seeing if the player portion is ported to Windows/Linux in this new and improved format.

RE: Facing Pressure
By pxavierperez on 6/7/2009 4:16:15 PM , Rating: 2
A terrible product that is the industry standard for studios all over the world.

Another clueless poster. why are subjects about Apple tend to attract uninformed people who act like they know something when they are merely acting like idiots?

I work as a TD for a production studio, in case you don't know, that stands for Technical Director. TDs build tools to expedient a company's workflow. You know such as doing real coding. Not demeaning, lowly things like running bash script to configure your linux machine to recognize your sound card. Bash scripts which you likely copied from websites written by coders like me.

Majority of people here sound like a bunch of Win IT Support whose afraid of loosing their jobs when their employer plans to purchase Apple products. Fear from the fact that they don't have a single clue on how to support OS X.

RE: Facing Pressure
By Donkeyshins on 6/3/2009 3:52:09 PM , Rating: 2
Oooh...Apple best hope that the EU doesn't get wind of this, otherwise they'll likely tell Apple to unbundle Quicktime from OS-X or face stiff fines.

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