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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 Belard on 6/3/2009 5:49:41 AM , Rating: 1
I'd say you are very much dead wrong.

While some people are gulibale to ADs... the biggest impact about the negative problems with Vista are BY PEOPLE WHO USE/D VISTA!

I've used Vista. It offers nothing. Some of those "features" can be added to XP for free and with less resouces and of course everything is compatible with XP, except for Halo2 and like anyone gives a rats ass about Halo2? (way to go MS)

Out of the box, a friend bought a brand new Vista computer... sure, now its obvious that years ago intel/MS had NO business promoting such configurations when Vista was new... but geez, vista was already about 5-6 months old. The damn thing crashed alot (no added hardware or 3rd party progs), take forever to boot up, forever to shut-down... if IT would actually shutdown. Some of its own software would crash including its card-games. The friend called me at least once a week about the POS screwing up, etc. Even doubled the RAM... still sucked.

Bought WinXP OEM Home. Had to get HP support online to track down the hidden XP drivers for the desktop (The tech guy was like "You must use vista since the PC is made for it - we are not responsable, etc etc..." - give me the damn drivers. Got those... vista said it would spend 22mins (TWENTY-TWO MINUTES)- to unpack the 40mb audio driver ZIP file!!... and this was after spending 2-3minutes to figure out how to tell me this! At that point, I copied the drivers sloooowly to the USB flash drive and hard-shut down the vista box, murdered Vista, installed XP, copied the XP drivers - unpacked the SAME 40mb ZIP file in about 20seconds. Took about 1hr to finish the deed and install the required programs.

Never a call from the friend about the computer... 2 years aog. Sure it was a lowly 3.0Ghz Dual core celeron... for for reading email and doing a little web browsing... it should have been enough.

I only know of 2-3 people who use Vista... 1 loves it, the others are okay... it works. Everyone else, XP.

No... Apple didn't need to give vista a bad name. Microsoft did that ALL on themselves.

(now awaiting Ballmer to vote me down)

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