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Windows 7 Launching October 23, Says Acer

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 34 comments

Acer executives letting slip an oddly specific date for the Windows 7 final.

Just as the Release Candidate of Windows 7 hits testers today, a couple of Acer executives have let slip some suspicious details regarding the release date of Windows 7 final.

At what appears to have been some sort of Acer press event for its all-in-one computer, vice-president for Europe, Massimo D'Angelo, was telling ZDNet UK that it would be in-store at "the back end of September, using Windows 7 technology."

When D’Angelo was asked whether the all-in-one’s release would be alongside Windows 7, he changed his answer to a sale date of 23rd of October "and not a day before."

While ZDNet UK’s account of the story left us slightly confused, another report from Pocket-lint quoting a separate Acer executive had the same date pegged.

"23rd October is the date the Windows 7 will be available. There is a 30 day upgrade time so that customers don't wait to buy a new computer, so if you buy during that 30 day period, you'll get a free upgrade to Windows 7," Bobby Watkins, Acer's UK MD told Pocket-lint.

Putting Pocket-lint’s and ZDNet UK’s stories together paints a slightly clearer picture. Pocket-lint reports that all-in-one Z5600 will be ship to stores at the end of September for people to "touch and feel," which would make D’Angelo’s comments make sense.

Even if the Z5600 were shipping late September for sale, customers who purchase it then with Windows Vista would qualify for the free upgrade to Windows 7.

Of course, this is all speculation until Microsoft goes on record with a hard release date.

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    randomizer , May 1, 2009 3:14 AM
    mlopinto2k1Yup, that is what I said. LINUX. It's FREE, constantly being upgraded, not PATCHED and runs great.

    Wait, what did you say right before that:

    mlopinto2k1How about dropping all this hype bullshit...


    Irony, I loves it.

    mlopinto2k1Yea, I know... no games... blah blah blah... but ALSO no ANTIVIRUS!
    I'd rather have an antivirus and be able to play games :heink: 
  • 11 Hide
    outacontrolpimp , May 1, 2009 5:07 AM
    mlopinto2k1Yea, I know... no games... blah blah blah... but ALSO no ANTIVIRUS!


    wow, thats like saying, "Yea, I know... no sex... blah blah blah... but ALSO no CONDOMS!

    "Yea, I know... no car... blah blah blah... but ALSO no INSURANCE!


    shall we keep going? since when do we put fun aside? we do everything we can to have fun, and get thrills. You need a refocus on life man.
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    dafin0 , May 1, 2009 12:21 AM
    sounds good to me if this date holds
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  • 0 Hide
    Nik_I , May 1, 2009 12:23 AM
    the sooner the better...
  • 4 Hide
    ispyamoose , May 1, 2009 12:45 AM
    I am slightly tempted to get it..
  • 2 Hide
    Anonymous , May 1, 2009 12:48 AM
    if you have vista ultimate do you get a free upgrade or a substantially cheaper one? (upgrade to w7 ultimate)
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    silversurfernhs , May 1, 2009 1:12 AM
    ive been using the RC and i defenitely find a way of getting a hold of it
  • 7 Hide
    rambo117 , May 1, 2009 1:50 AM
    Nik_Ithe sooner the better...

    no, more like the later the better. i want this operating system to be cream of the crop and am willing to wait for it :) 
  • 2 Hide
    silversurfernhs , May 1, 2009 2:27 AM
    agreed, its worth the wait so far with my tests and benchmarks
  • 14 Hide
    randomizer , May 1, 2009 3:14 AM
    mlopinto2k1Yup, that is what I said. LINUX. It's FREE, constantly being upgraded, not PATCHED and runs great.

    Wait, what did you say right before that:

    mlopinto2k1How about dropping all this hype bullshit...


    Irony, I loves it.

    mlopinto2k1Yea, I know... no games... blah blah blah... but ALSO no ANTIVIRUS!
    I'd rather have an antivirus and be able to play games :heink: 
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    silversurfernhs , May 1, 2009 3:32 AM
    im defenitely open to try linux, but i wouldnt know where to start; ive been a windows pc user for so long; i think you linux users should stop being so hostile; people bitch and praise what they like and use so it gets better
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    moe2freaky , May 1, 2009 3:48 AM
    The only problem with Linux is gamimg and I am not a fan of dual boot OS. I would switch over in a heart beat if the latest games run on Linux.
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    deltatux , May 1, 2009 4:05 AM
    moe2freakyThe only problem with Linux is gamimg and I am not a fan of dual boot OS. I would switch over in a heart beat if the latest games run on Linux.

    Try Ubuntu, a lot of newcomers love it. I don't like it since for me, seems a lil' restrictive.

    http://www.ubuntu.com

    silversurfernhsim defenitely open to try linux, but i wouldnt know where to start; ive been a windows pc user for so long; i think you linux users should stop being so hostile; people bitch and praise what they like and use so it gets better


    Have you ever tried WINE or Cedega?

    As for this Windows 7 launch date, I would really like to see people getting off the archaic XP boat and get on a modern operating system.

    deltatux
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    kato128 , May 1, 2009 5:02 AM
    mlopinto2k1How about dropping all this hype bullshit and get Linux. Yup, that is what I said. LINUX. It's FREE, constantly being upgraded, not PATCHED and runs great. Yea, I know... no games... blah blah blah... but ALSO no ANTIVIRUS!


    Potayto, potahto, u say "upgraded" we say "patched". As for hype Win7 deserves every single bit it's getting. I've been using beta 7077 and its light years better than any previous windows version. As for not running a virus scanner, only an idiot would have such blind faith in a OS to trust they wont get a virus. Though thats not to say there aren't valid reasons for not using one.
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    outacontrolpimp , May 1, 2009 5:07 AM
    mlopinto2k1Yea, I know... no games... blah blah blah... but ALSO no ANTIVIRUS!


    wow, thats like saying, "Yea, I know... no sex... blah blah blah... but ALSO no CONDOMS!

    "Yea, I know... no car... blah blah blah... but ALSO no INSURANCE!


    shall we keep going? since when do we put fun aside? we do everything we can to have fun, and get thrills. You need a refocus on life man.
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    tayb , May 1, 2009 6:27 AM
    I don't like dates. Dates are bad for programmers. Microsoft needs to push for a 2009 release but if the debuggers aren't giving a green light there is no reason to shove the OS onto the consumers. I will wait for quality.
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    silversurfernhs , May 1, 2009 7:09 AM
    Kami, did you try and let windows update find a driver, it found my sound card and gfx car drivers for me (the betas for W7 obviously) but they werent the Microsoft Crap drivers, they were full fledged drivers (like the exes...) except the OS did all the configuring (like blind installing)
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    antemon , May 1, 2009 10:10 AM
    contrary to popular belief, there are malicious codes out there for linux and there are anti-virus programs out there as well.

    two things make most linux distros resistant to virii.
    1. you actually have to input your password to make a system change, windows only asks if it's 'ok' and most idiots hit the button even before reading the pop-up.
    2. literally everyone and his mother is on windows, making it logical to make a program that targets as much users as possible.

    I'm not saying I hate windows, I use both linux and windows. even if windows is just for games and everything else is linux.
    seriously, the first thing that I encountered in vista, and this was well passed the initial screw ups of the OS, was an error that made me need to reboot.

    there's WINE too, and most recent games run decently with it.
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    randomizer , May 1, 2009 10:16 AM
    antemonand most recent games run decently with it.

    I'm yet to find one to be honest. I've even tried resource-light Source games like L4D and I can't get >10FPS with everything on lowest settings. Switch back to Windows and Im' pushing 70-120FPS all on max. Difficult choice to make, hmm?
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    theJ , May 1, 2009 12:22 PM
    randomizerI'm yet to find one to be honest. I've even tried resource-light Source games like L4D and I can't get >10FPS with everything on lowest settings. Switch back to Windows and Im' pushing 70-120FPS all on max. Difficult choice to make, hmm?


    Yeah there's really no debate when it comes to this. Which is why i'll always keep a Windows PC for games, and a lighter, cheaper Linux PC for internet. Dual booting is annoying.
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    rambo117 , May 1, 2009 1:47 PM
    agreed, dualbooting is kinda annoying... especially if you get attached to one of your boot partitions and stop using the other. vista and xp for me but i havent booted up into xp in forever. think i might just go reformate... :) 
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