Microsoft to ship Windows 7 by holiday season 2009

By on November 8, 2008, 4:53 AM
Microsoft has been very shy about pinpointing the Windows 7 release date in the past, but a recent presentation given at the company’s WinHEC conference pretty much confirmed the software giant plans to have the operating system ready by the middle of next year – and on store shelves for holiday season 2009.

The company is trying to avoid the PR damage that would come with missing a deadline; so officially, Windows 7 is still slated to ship within three years of the January 2007 consumer release of Windows Vista. However, proof of how the next major Windows release is on a fast-track schedule is that the company already handed out a pre-beta at PDC 2008 late last month, and said it will ship a beta version early next year followed by only one release candidate.

Granted, the OS still needs some polishing here and there, but Windows 7 is a straightforward update from a technical standpoint since it is essentially built on the foundation of Vista but with some important enhancements centered on speed, usability and memory use. Here’s hoping the company can avoid past mistakes and have the operating system ready to roll in time for the holiday season 2009.

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windmill007 said:
I am actually excited about this one. This reminds me how I felt back when windows 98 SE was the norm and they were trying to shove ME down peoples throats. I never used ME nor did a lot of people. We just skipped that and went right to XP. I guess when Microsoft moves in a new direction they have to release a turd before they polish it into a usable product.
old101 said:
I think prices and number of versions will be the main keys to success commercially, and stability and security will dictate the technological success.I would say Home and Pro versions, maximum $95/$195 upgrade/new versions.Let us see if MS learned anything from the Vista debacle.
hamsteyr said:
Same here. I jumped straight from 98 SE to XP back in the day, and i plan to do so again with XP -> Win7.I'm really anticipating its release... It would be like vista... just... not crappy performance wise lol
cottonlane said:
I have already got Windows 7 installed on my laptop and desktop. but back then it was called Vista. and I am in NO mood to install windows vista mark 2 and shell out more money for a product that I should have had two years ago.
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