Confirmed: Windows 7 to arrive on October 22

By on June 2, 2009, 4:18 PM
Last month, Microsoft revealed that Windows 7 would indeed be hitting in time for the holiday season. While the news came as no real surprise to anyone following its development, those waiting anxiously for the latest Microsoft operating system now have a firm date to mark on their calendars. In an interview with CNet this morning, Microsoft’s Senior Vice President Bill Veghte confirmed Windows 7 would be "generally available" on October 22, adding that development of the OS will wrap up by the middle or end of next month.


The general availability status basically means consumers will be able to purchase the software independently or bundled with a new computer. And it looks like OEMs are all set to go as well – Acer has already revealed its all-in-one Z5600 PC, built specifically around Windows 7 features, will be available just one day after the confirmed release date, on October 23. The company also said that any Vista-based models purchased in the 30 days prior to this date will be eligible for Microsoft’s free upgrade program.




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TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

This is all well and fine, but I'd like to see some pricing now, por favor.

hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

Seems pretty quick, but it looks ready enough. Yes pricing and differences between the version si vous plait!

tw0rld tw0rld said:

I am going to go a bit off topic. For the final release of the OS I would like to see net video integration in Media Center. Hulu would be a great partner in this venture. It would give some out of the box appeal, and usability to the program.

hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

I am going to go a bit off topic. For the final release of the OS I would like to see net video integration in Media Center. Hulu would be a great partner in this venture. It would give some out of the box appeal, and usability to the program.

Working together? How many days of sleep did you miss!

tw0rld tw0rld said:

, post: 759053"]Working together? How many days of sleep did you miss!

apparently alot. Please do divulge. I am all ears.

tengeta tengeta said:

The RC should do me fine until it expires...

complexxL9 complexxL9 said:

editions available:

win7 starter (for netbooks)

win7 home basic (for emerging markets only)

win7 home premium (media center?)

win7 professional (domain support)

win7 ultimate (MUI, bitlocker, ultimate extras etc.)

win7 enterprise

every higher version includes all features of the lower ones

also there will be vista + upgrade ticket to win7 available probably, starting from next month or so..

vista home premium -> win7 home premium

vista business -> win7 professional

vista ultimate -> win7 ultimate

Those vistas will cost about $8 more than the regular ones without upgrade possibility. Those $8 included in price is for transportation of win7 upgrade media once available.

complexxL9 complexxL9 said:

too bad there's no edit button for ones comments

so forgot to mention that win xp mode will be available starting with pro edition of win7. also enterprise edition as I understood by functionality is at the same level as ultimate.

Spyder_1386 said:

Good stuff! Can't wait

Guest said:

Windows 7 Home Premium retails for $139 or less comfimerd by microsoft

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