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Microsoft said shipping Windows 7 in Sept.

updated 12:05 pm EST, Wed February 25, 2009

Compal on Win 7 in Sept

Microsoft could have Windows 7 on shipping PCs by September, Compal president Ray Chen said today at an investor's conference. The PC contractor executive understands from plans that the software should be available in either late September or early October. The news would corroborate word of an April release candidate that would let Microsoft finish, manufacture and deliver Windows 7 well ahead of the holidays.

Compal builds systems on behalf of Acer, HP and other major PC makers.

Amelia Agrawal, a spokeswoman for Microsoft, maintains the official company position that Windows 7 will be available within three years of when Vista shipped. However, the company's upgrade program plans and other leaks have increasingly suggested that the public goal, which would put the release in early 2010, is deliberately conservative and meant to avoid embarrassment in the event of an unexpected delay. Microsoft has acknowledged a shortened development track that includes just one public beta and one readily available release candidate before the ship date.

While Windows 7 itself has proven stable in testing, the company is believed under significant pressure to release it this year. One of the first significant declines in Windows revenue surfaced in Microsoft's most recent financial quarter as continued hesitation over Vista as well as a preference for Windows XP in netbooks have both hurt the company's core business. Windows 7 improves both performance and user interface elements, and is explicitly designed to run more smoothly on netbook-level hardware.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. eldarkus

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    That is BS...

    Windows 7 was released in January 2007...

  1. Guest

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    +2

    bad timing

    C'mon Microsoft, stop and think for a second...
    You're doing a major release AT THE SAME TIME millions of teachers, professors, students and institutions who rely on Windows are going to be kicking into gear; at a time when the last thing they'll have time for is fidgeting around with an upgrade to a computer they probably just purchased a few weeks earlier?? You're not worried about automatically eliminating the youth demographic - that would be your most enthusiastic - from taking any serious interest in the release?

  1. slapppy

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    -3

    LOL

    Of course it'll be ready in September. As noted above, Its been out since 07.

  1. Jittery Jimmy

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    Yes

    Windows 7 and IE8 look like winners. Add to that the success of Live, XBox and the latest Office products (even for the Mac!) and its clear that Microsoft's reinvention has succeeded.

  1. jpellino

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    Crafty...

    The above story fails to mention which september. Based on the traditional amount of MS slip, that's a prudent idea.

  1. Peter Bonte

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    re: Yes

    Yeah, sure.

  1. luckyday

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    -3

    Oooohhhhh

    You guys sound scared. Not a single worthwhile comment between the lot of you. Can't wait to see Apple's market share drop back down to 5%.

    Now you have my useless comment too.

  1. Guest

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    Copy Machines Ready!

    That's a good window for MS to further copy anything new from Snow Leopard.

  1. luckyday

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    Guest

    You are forgetting that most computers bought from shortly until the release will include a free upgrade to Windows 7. And I'm pretty sure schools aren't going to be the people immediately upgrading to the newest OS.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: bad timing

    You're doing a major release AT THE SAME TIME millions of teachers, professors, students and institutions who rely on Windows are going to be kicking into gear

    By that argument, no OS release (or any other release, for that matter) should be done from August through December.

    Then again, most people never upgrade the OS on their computers. And when people do, most never have a problem with the install (be it PC or Mac).

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