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Windows 7 launch events are being held across the country.

Retail deals from chains like Staples also abound.  (Source: Model D Media)
The future of Windows is here

Today is a great day for Microsoft.  After enduring three years of criticism under the Vista era, the company is finally prepared to turn over a new leaf and bask in the critical praise of its new operating system, Windows 7.  Faster, with a richer graphical interface, and with a smaller footprint, Windows 7 is an evolution that improves on Vista in nearly every way.

To kick off the launch, many events and sales are going on across the country today.  Last night CompUSA (now owned by Systemax Inc) held launch events at 10 of its stores.  The first 77 customers at the door received $77 gift cards.  One of the 77 will receive a Windows 7 dual-core PC.  For those who missed the midnight madness, CompUSA will continue to randomly give away copies of Windows 7 throughout the day.

Office Depot is also offering lots of free software, including AVG's Internet Security Suite (regularly $70) to Greeting Card Factory Deluxe (regularly $50).  In total 19 titles are offered on a pay up-front, mail-in-rebate basis.  Get a full list of titles here.

Staples also has some hot offers.  Grab this coupon and a Staples associate will install Windows 7 for you, for free.  You'll also earn $75 off your computer purchase and snag a $500 coupon book.  Get the coupon here.

Microsoft is also a series of events dubbed "the NEW efficiency" across the country.  Some of these events already took place, but some, like and Orange County event on October 26, may still be open.  Check here for more details.

Students can also get an upgrade copy of Windows 7 Home Edition or Professional edition for a mere $30, until January 2010.

Also, those looking to upgrade more than one PC in a single home can look towards the Family Pack which will upgrade three machines to Windows 7 Home Premium.

For those looking to take advantage of Windows 7's new multitouch functionality, you might want to check out the TouchSmart 600xt multitouch PC, one of the first Windows 7 multitouch machines.  Powered by Intel processors and sporting a 23-inch screen at a  $1,049 price tag the device looks like a good value.  It offers support for gesture and multitouch based moves, scrolls, and zooms.

Even if you don't get any special launch deals, Windows 7 should be a deal in itself.  Cheaper than Vista, the OS uses less memory, so it can fit on many netbooks.  The OS also brings DirectX 11 graphics, which AMD/ATI already includes hardware support.

Another of the most promising features of Windows 7 for fans of 2D-retro games or programming professionals is XP Mode.  Available with the Professional and Ultimate editions, this mode offers virtualized versions of Window XP that your programs can operate seamlessly within alongside normal Windows 7 programs. 

Windows 7 looks like a fresh start for Microsoft, but the competition will be tough.  Microsoft will face stronger pressure from the smartphone and netbook markets, albeit not necessarily direct competition.  And they also must compete with a invigorated Apple, which just debuted Snow Leopard and new Macs.

The true test will not be the glowing reviews, the colorful launch events, or the innovative features.  Windows Vista in many respects had all of those.  No, the true test will be the public reception.  The public will make or break the new OS.  And the public will be able to make up their mind, starting today.

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RE: It's crap.
By reader1 on 10/22/2009 10:51:53 AM , Rating: -1
3. The new taskbar is leaps and bounds above XP.

The new taskbar combines program launching and task management. They are two completely different things and shouldn't be combined. It's as stupid as combining bookmarks and tabs in a web browser.

The new taskbar makes it harder to launch a new instance of a program and makes it harder to switch between tasks.

RE: It's crap.
By nosfed360 on 10/22/2009 11:10:49 AM , Rating: 2
you have to be an apple troll.

How hard is it to open a new instance...middle click?

and how is switching actually get previews of tabs. stop trolling.

RE: It's crap.
By jonmcc33 on 10/22/2009 11:50:02 AM , Rating: 4
Don't feed the troll. Just rate him down so nobody else has to read his rubbish.

You know how good Windows 7 is. Just use it and enjoy it. Let the troll cry by himself in the corner. If he is a Mac fanatic then he's already living in misery, just doesn't want to admit it.

RE: It's crap.
By Pirks on 10/22/2009 12:18:43 PM , Rating: 5
The new taskbar combines program launching and task management. They are two completely different things and shouldn't be combined
Why then OS X Dock combines them?

P.S. see guys, its really easy to catch reader1 off guard :)) Not even a need to downrate him. Just ask him about OS X Dock and he looks stupid. Done!

RE: It's crap.
By Boze on 10/22/2009 12:53:57 PM , Rating: 3
Wow, this is almost like a new Pirks!

Hmm, new Pirks release on the Windows 7 release date... coincidence??... or did Microsoft pull some kinda Agent Smith move from Matrix Reloaded and rewrite Pirks! :O

RE: It's crap.
By Pirks on 10/22/09, Rating: 0
RE: It's crap.
By SavagePotato on 10/22/2009 3:53:07 PM , Rating: 2
Because he is also a troll with no conviction behind anything he says.

He just trolls whichever way the wind blows.

Give him a week and he will be making his stupid car analogies and piling up 30 -1 posts to a thread just as always.

RE: It's crap.
By Pirks on 10/22/09, Rating: 0
RE: It's crap.
By SavagePotato on 10/22/2009 6:39:53 PM , Rating: 2
See, still a world class douchebag just as predicted.

There's your all new pirks.

RE: It's crap.
By Pirks on 10/23/2009 7:10:20 PM , Rating: 2
There's your all old potato troll. As boring and predictable as ever.

RE: It's crap.
By Akrovah on 10/22/2009 7:18:37 PM , Rating: 2
My guess is that even the normal MS bashers/Apple supports can see that reader1 is a complete retard, and they probably want to distance themselves from him.

RE: It's crap.
By callmeroy on 10/22/2009 12:35:07 PM , Rating: 2
What the hell is your point to your postings?

First I'll play your game for a second and PRETEND you speak the truth (even though you don't) --- only the weakest mind or cult follower kind of personality (you know like Apple fans) would be convinced to like/buy/use a product or not solely based on the ramblings of a delusional forum troll.

Second, we all get it you are Apple fanboy supreme -- you hate Microsoft, you hate PCs and you hate Windows....

Please post your email and I'll send you a coupon for a free cookie.

Now move along....

RE: It's crap.
By Pirks on 10/22/09, Rating: -1
RE: It's crap.
By themaster08 on 10/22/2009 1:02:37 PM , Rating: 2
He makes sense sometimes, you know

Unfortunately, not this time....

RE: It's crap.
By zombiexl on 10/22/2009 2:14:15 PM , Rating: 2
Why do you have to hate java to like .net? I develop using java and c# (even a little when really I have to). They each have their good and bad points.

That said I prefer c# over java, but thats just because lately my java writing has been limited to cell phone midlets and j2me leaves a lot to be desired.

RE: It's crap.
By Pirks on 10/22/09, Rating: 0
RE: It's crap.
By themaster08 on 10/23/2009 4:29:34 AM , Rating: 2
The new taskbar makes it harder to launch a new instance of a program and makes it harder to switch between tasks.

Of course it's harder, if you're using an Apple mouse. We PC users have real mice. You know, ones with at least 2 physical buttons and a scroll wheel, which can also be used as a button!

As the poster below your post has mentioned, a simple click of your scroll wheel whilst hovering over the program on the taskbar, will magically open a new instance of that program!

That was hard now, wasn't it?

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller

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