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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 11:14:21 AM , Rating: -1
1. Virtualization is not reliable. Virtualization has been, and always will be, a square peg in a round hole.

2. Windows has never been secure and never will be. Open platforms cannot be secured.

3. Performance differences between XP and 7 are negligible. All the benchmarks support this.

4. A company using 7's interface does not have a significant advantage over a company using XP's. It's a minor difference.


RE: It's crap.
By Pirks on 10/22/2009 12:27:29 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Open platforms cannot be secured
Closed platforms can't be secured either. Heard about Xbox 360 and iPhone cracks? Maybe you should think a little before posting here, eh?


RE: It's crap.
By Boze on 10/22/2009 12:58:19 PM , Rating: 2
reader1, I'm a little confused by some of your comments.

1. I don't know enough about virtualization to comment on this.

2. Can you tell me what exactly your definition of "secure" is? Are you saying that Linux, an open platform, is not able to be secured as well?

3. I do have to agree with this, although if you look at the timeline, XP is almost 9 years old now, and we have to make progress eventually.

4. I will concede that point for the time being, but as more programs integrate with the Windows 7 taskbar, it becomes much easier to do things. I love how when I move my mouse over the Google Chrome taskbar button, a slew of program options pops up. Its really quite nice. Once the business users catch on to it, I think you can improve productivity somewhat.


RE: It's crap.
By xDrift0rx on 10/22/2009 2:08:05 PM , Rating: 2
1. so what you're saying is that using boot camp is something silly? a see a lot of people use it.

2. wasnt there a test done at a hackers convention where it took them two hours to find a loop hole in vista, while it took like 5 minutes on OSX?

3. obviously an older pc would perform better on XP, though with all the added features and visual effects in 7, it does a damn good job of being efficient.

4. while that may be true, it does greatly help IT personel, and everybody using the same OS will be less painful than criss-crossing. all the little bits add up in end...


RE: It's crap.
By Akrovah on 10/22/2009 7:31:45 PM , Rating: 1
1) No Comment

2) No OS is secure. Period. Which is more easily broken is a matter of heated debate on these forums, and I will not go there right now.

3) My main point - THATS A GOOD THING!!!!!! Almost every OS releae in HISTORY has been accompanied by slower perfomance on equivalent hardware, because each OS upgrade typically takes more resources than the previous iteration. This is true of every OS line, even Mac, otherwise Snow Leapord wouldn't have higher system reqs than 10.0, or whichever was the first to switch to intel since that is a more direct comparison. The fact that they were able to get the new features and upgrades, or "gimmicks", if you prefer, into Win7 without a signifigant perfomance hit over a 9 year old OS is outstanding, especially as XP's performance itself has improved with the SPs over the years.

4) Correct. At least until, as someone already said, more applications make use of the new abilities.


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