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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 themaster08 on 10/22/2009 12:56:00 PM , Rating: 5
They care more about sales than advancing technology, hence the lack of new features and the numerous gimmicks.

= Apple and OSX 10.6

By Mitch101 on 10/22/2009 1:27:31 PM , Rating: 5
Installing Windows 7 over OSX fixes that guest data loss issue.

By The0ne on 10/22/2009 1:54:30 PM , Rating: 2
ahhaha good one, made my day Mitch. Thanks a bunch!

By Bender 123 on 10/22/2009 1:58:00 PM , Rating: 2
I love when people complain about how old Windows is, compared to Apple...Most of the people dont even realize that OSX was released for servers in early 99.

They have been releasing updates to the same system since the time of Win 98 and before WinME.

I like OSX, but to compare Win 7 to Vista would be like comparing OS 10.1 with 10.6.

The core is "kinda" similar, but nobody would ever mistake one for the other.

By Master Kenobi on 10/22/2009 2:52:31 PM , Rating: 2
Windows 7 to Vista could easily be mistaken for the other. Even under the hood the similarities are in line with Windows 2000 to XP. When XP first came out, aside from the colorful theme, it was the exact same OS with some tweaking for home users.

By blazeoptimus on 10/23/2009 3:28:46 PM , Rating: 2
This is borne out by the versioning in the Windows products. Go to the command prompt on Win 7 and type ver. It will return 6.1. The same command on vista will return 6.0. In windows 2000, this command returned 5.0. In XP the command returned 5.1. This shows that internally, even Microsoft considers this a minor revision of the "Vista" operating system, much like XP was a minor revision to the 2000 operating system(this was more true when it was initially released, SP2 was almost equivalent to a 6.2 version). I don't see were this is necessarily a bad thing. Vista has essentially become stable and reliable with the many patches released by Microsoft. Since they didn't rewrite the entire code base with win 7, it should hold true for it as well.

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