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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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By reader1 on 10/22/2009 11:34:39 AM , Rating: -1
In addition, Windows 7 is better than Vista and far superior to XP

That's true, but it's not saying much, XP and Vista were terrible. Windows 7 is just another poorly designed OS from Microsoft. The same idiots responsible for IE8 are the same ones who are responsible for W7. Steve Ballmer isn't capable of coming up with new ideas; he's not a leader.

By EasyC on 10/22/2009 12:00:01 PM , Rating: 5
Ever notice how your comments get highlighted RED alot?

I can't even begin to type a response to this steaming pile of internet feces.

I'll just sum it up're wrong.

By EasyC on 10/22/2009 2:01:16 PM , Rating: 3
Atleast they don't add a couple of tweaks to a free OS and rebadge as something great and innovative!

Fortunately, as an IT professional, I've had the privelage of experiencing a plethora of OS's. Up until Windows 7, I preferred Linux (Jaunty) as my OS of personal choice. My only sadness is that it's a pain in the ass to install to a SAS drive.

and in case you forgot, Microsoft...saved Apple.

By SpaceRanger on 10/22/2009 1:44:57 PM , Rating: 2
Take a look at his comment history.. It's almost as though he's LOOKING to be downrated to -1...

Feed the troll, we must stop... Yes..

By The0ne on 10/22/2009 2:05:32 PM , Rating: 2
Stop feeding reader1 please. He's clearly not making any sense :/

By Bateluer on 10/22/2009 5:09:34 PM , Rating: 3
I get a kick out of him. His delusions are humorous.

By chick0n on 10/27/2009 1:10:41 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft probably fired his mom in 1990 and his family end up sleeping on the streets thats why he hate MS so much.

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