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Microsoft to ship Windows 7 on October 22nd

updated 02:40 pm EDT, Tue June 2, 2009

Windows 7 October 22nd

Microsoft today ended speculation and said it would ship Windows 7 on October 22nd. The launch applies to all versions and confirms statements from Acer that it would have the new OS preloaded on its PCs just a day later. Pricing for individual upgrade and full installs hasn't been mentioned.

Although it repeatedly denied its release target until last month, Microsoft has been on a hastened release schedule focused on shipping Windows 7 in time for holidays. It faces pressure both from its immediate competitor Apple's upcoming release of Mac OS X Snow Leopard as well as from itself; reluctance to adopt Vista, particularly in business, as well as the poor performance of Vista on netbooks have both left the company continuing to offer Windows XP.

The new release runs much more efficiently on low-end hardware and also introduces a simplified Windows taskbar, a new Aero Peek interface for previewing and switching apps, Internet Explorer 8, Windows Media Player 11 and several other features. Professional and Ultimate editions of Windows also get an XP Mode that runs older apps in a virtualization when they wouldn't otherwise run in Windows 7.

By Electronista Staff


  1. testudo

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    which means...

    it will go RTM some 2 months before then, IIRC past OS updates and timing needed.

  1. Herod

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    time to get a new pee cee!

  1. c4rlob

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    too bad.

    I've heard great things about 7 from early users - it's too bad Microsoft doesn't get it out in time for the back-to-school administrators, teachers and students . But I guess that gives people an incentive to fork over more money twice in a year.

  1. TomSawyer

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    Caveat Emptor

    Since MS have been fast-tracking this project it will likely have even MORE flaws at release than their last couple of new offerings. Early adopters had better be prepared for a lot of crashing, updating, and re-formatting. Word to the wise - backup early and often.

  1. Mr. Strat

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    It's really just Vista Version 2.

  1. slapppy

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    Corporate rheeming

    Yeah, after convincing several large corporate environment to use Vista, MS wants Window 7 to replace it. Spending millions and millions on Vista rollout already, these guys are not about to jump into Window 7. Those who held back are still loving XP Pro.

    Next move for MS is to make sure Sharepoint, .NET, .ASPX and ActiveX disables certain existing function on XP, and will only work for Windows 7. Then the corporate world will have to upgrade to Windows 7. Smart plan.

  1. Constable Odo

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    It's being said that

    Apple missed a golden opportunity by not getting OSX and Macs into the corporations while Vista was in it's terrible state. I'm not sure it if would have been possible since the businesses would still have had to put out more money to buy new computers. I guess the analysts have to complain about something. I hope the corporations decide to stick with XP since it's still a decent OS. I use it on my MacBook Pro in BootCamp and I rarely ever have any issues with it. As long as Kaspersky AV remains running, nothing sinister ever happens.

  1. kneugent

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    Didja ever notice...

    Have you noticed in the last few years that MS bows almost immediately to its consumers insistence that it reveals the details of its upcoming releases? It's as if they KNOW (and I KNOW that they know) that all of their customers are saying "Wait a minute, you keep doing this s***. Saying it's coming someday soon, and it'll have this, that, and the other thing, but everytime it gets here it's years behind schedule and about as exciting and as useless as a midget juggling hamsters...we want FACTS, NOW!!! We don't freakin' TRUST you anymore!!!" That is why they "bow to pressure and relese info on their upcoming garbage. Mac people don't sweat the not completely knowing, really. Because we KNOW it will be good. and with very few exceptions, ON TIME.

  1. Athens

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    After reading most of these comments, I can tell the majority of you have not used Windows 7. That said, businesses will be in no rush to jump on it because there is no value in doing so. XP is still king for businesses.

  1. jay3ld

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    Joined: Jul 2004



    I assume Apple may attempt to release Snow Leopard before this then.

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