Microsoft Confirms Windows 7 Holiday Release

Up until today, Microsoft’s always said that Windows 7 would be a 2010 product. Of course, those who have been testing the beta and now the release candidate have long felt that the operating system is closer to prime time than Microsoft was letting on.

Today at Tech•Ed North America 2009, Microsoft announced that the company is anticipating that Windows 7 will be available to customers in time for the holiday shopping season.

“With early RC testing and extensive partner feedback we’ve received, Windows 7 is tracking well for holiday availability,” said Bill Veghte, senior vice president of the Windows Business Unit at Microsoft.

Microsoft also revealed that Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate (RC) is available today with the final product releasing to market in the same timeframe as Windows 7.

This confirmation from Microsoft finally puts to rest the constant rumblings that Windows 7 is ahead of schedule. OEMs will also be pleased that the shiny new Windows will be out in time for holiday season, giving shoppers an extra reason to purchase a new PC.

Of course, now the Windows 7 release speculation will move to nailing down a specific release date. Earlier this month we heard from two different Acer executives who gave a confident date of October 23 for Windows 7 – which would be just in time to catch all the holiday sales.

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  • the_one111
    dman3kI find it strange and unnerving that M$ has a product that may sell itself. It's not a marketing ploy, Windows 7 may deserve this hype and enthusiasm - unlike anything from that fruit company...

    ......Yet the company made it.

    Who is the fruit again?

    At least they don't totally outright LIE TO YOUR FACE like Apple.
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  • cryogenic
    I hope that DirectX 11 cards will also be available by then, else I don't feel that compelled to upgrade ...
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  • dman3k
    I find it strange and unnerving that M$ has a product that may sell itself. It's not a marketing ploy, Windows 7 may deserve this hype and enthusiasm - unlike anything from that fruit company...
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  • cryogenic
    CryogenicI hope that DirectX 11 cards will also be available by then, else I don't feel that compelled to upgrade ...


    I meant upgrade my PC, i'll definitely pick a copy of Win 7 when it ships.
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