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Microsoft Confirms Windows 7 Holiday Release

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Windows 7 will be here this year. Oh yeah.

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 , May 11, 2009 8:14 PM
    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 , May 11, 2009 7:48 PM
    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 , May 11, 2009 7:51 PM
    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 , May 11, 2009 7:53 PM
    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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    tester3000 , May 11, 2009 7:53 PM
    It was almost 100% that it was coming this year. I'm just look at the RC,, it's practically done.
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    hellwig , May 11, 2009 8:10 PM
    Back on schedule for MS it seems. They had Win95 in '96, Win98, ME & 2000 in '00, and XP in '01. Took 5+ years for Vista, but now 3 years later we have 7. Unfortunately, we still don't have all the wonderful things we heard were going into the original Longhorn (now Vista).

    I might upgrade my XP machine to 7, but if I had already installed Vista, it might be a hard sale. Anyone planning to move from Vista to 7 (and I mean by purchasing a legitamate copy)?
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    the_one111 , May 11, 2009 8:14 PM
    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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    tpi2007 , May 11, 2009 8:16 PM
    Notice a particular expression in the sentence: "“With early RC testing and extensive partner feedback we’ve received, Windows 7 is tracking well for holiday availability"

    This can mean two things: It will be available by Christmas time - what most people are saying, OR, by summer time. In my humble opinion, we could very well be looking at a late August release date.

    Let's see, we are in May, and we already have the Release Candidate. If the 23rd of October date is correct it means that it will be more than five months before we see it. They needed four months to put out the RC after the already stable, high quality Beta, why should it take that long for it to go gold ? The end of August would mean more or less the same time it took them to go from Beta to RC.

    They have everybody in the bandwagon. This time Nvidia isn't sleeping nor is ATI, and like they say, they have a high rate of drivers which means compatibility is already very high.

    Why am I thinking August ? Well, consider this: Windows 7 is probably going to be a major success and is going to be a hallmark.. the last consumer operating system from Microsft to be 32-bit, even more successful than the first... Windows 95, released on the 24th August 1995. Makes some historical sense doesn't it ? And it's a Monday this year.
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    Tedders , May 11, 2009 8:28 PM
    Does anybody know the timeline for DX11 and cards that will be DX11 compliant? I am wanting to build a new rig when W7 comes out, but I will hold off on the purchase of a good video card if DX11 will be out around then.
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    cliffro , May 11, 2009 8:33 PM
    I'm in no hurry, I currently run Vista 64bit Ultimate. I've tried a couple of the betas and I liked them, but not enough to just jump as soon as its released. I'll wait a bit and see how things play out. Also with DX11 coming to Vista as well, so there is even less reasons to rush.
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    mdillenbeck , May 11, 2009 9:22 PM
    I find the enthusiasm for Windows 7 from those so vehemently against Vista interesting, because most of the arguments about XP being sufficient and more than powerful enough still apply. What does Windows 7 truly have to offer to the majority of consumers using XP?

    Also, I am still a 64 bit user (2 machines at home with 8 GB ram so I can use virtualization) but 64 bit support is still lackluster. Good Blue-Ray and HD-DVD player software? 32 bit only. Cisco VPN client for my university? 32 bit only. Available of drivers? 64 bit support still iffy.

    Thus, who cares about Windows 7 as it still has all the same issues for me due to poor 64 bit support.
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    Tedders , May 11, 2009 10:42 PM
    MDillenbeckI find the enthusiasm for Windows 7 from those so vehemently against Vista interesting, because most of the arguments about XP being sufficient and more than powerful enough still apply. What does Windows 7 truly have to offer to the majority of consumers using XP?Also, I am still a 64 bit user (2 machines at home with 8 GB ram so I can use virtualization) but 64 bit support is still lackluster. Good Blue-Ray and HD-DVD player software? 32 bit only. Cisco VPN client for my university? 32 bit only. Available of drivers? 64 bit support still iffy.Thus, who cares about Windows 7 as it still has all the same issues for me due to poor 64 bit support.


    While I agree 100% with you, I just hope that W7 64-bit supports 32-bit applications well. As long as I can run the applications that I want, whether its 64-bit or not, I will be happy. I guess its time to test Nero and its functions.
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    eklipz330 , May 12, 2009 2:16 AM
    i knew about win 7's release since dec 2007, when the admitted vista was doing terribly
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    keither5150 , May 12, 2009 3:12 AM
    puddleglumMy-Oh-My!!! Look at all the M$ fanboys drooling all over themselves like they slam all the so called fanatics for. I guess you never see the three fingers pointing back.


    Sounds like OS envy to me.

    Once again, Mac people make me laugh.

    I am using 7 RC for my gaming rig and my HTPC and can tell you that the media sharing has been improved greatly. I use Media center on my gaming rig even though I never installed a tuner or set it up. I have access to all 5 TB of my HTPC. Hey Puddleglum..... I never paid $300/TB either. I think the last 1.5TB I bought cost $149 CAD.

    I am still dual booting with vista 64 but have not had a reason to boot Vista since May 5th.
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    SpadeM , May 12, 2009 5:40 AM
    There is an interesting topic on the msfn forum:
    http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=127177
    For those who aren't members i'll post a part of a replay that i find relevant.
    "Once again Microsoft has forgotten the KISS principle. Keep It Simple, Stupid! I have seen comments about Windows is evolving. Into what? A MAC?
    Where should I start?
    First the Classic Menu... what is its value?
    " credits to the user DeathNACan

    His arguments I find valid in regards to windows 7. MS made a good stable product with Vista and 7 but in the process focused to much on the competition (even though they compete from 2 different angles) and less on the consumer. Indeed what Longhorn promised was truly a OS that i would have enjoyed fully, as a simple user and as a power user.
    I'm not out to bash windows 7, I'm just saying that they made compromises where they shouldn't have, filled 15GB of space with nothing tangible, and still the install process isn't modular.
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    eddieroolz , May 12, 2009 6:55 AM
    Awesome, we got a firm date on the release.
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    Thor , May 12, 2009 7:25 AM
    Why make only 20 billion of profit each 5 years when you can do the same every 2 years.

    And sure Microsoft will not pay any taxes, etc.
    All will be in Paradise Heaven.

    And Windows 7 is same than Vista.
    But now majority of computer are able to run Vista.
    Just that.
    But people will say Microsoft Windows 7 is wonderful.
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    neiroatopelcc , May 12, 2009 9:20 AM
    ThorWhy make only 20 billion of profit each 5 years when you can do the same every 2 years.And sure Microsoft will not pay any taxes, etc.All will be in Paradise Heaven.And Windows 7 is same than Vista.But now majority of computer are able to run Vista.Just that.But people will say Microsoft Windows 7 is wonderful.


    Yo mister I can't spell. Have you even tried windows 7?
    Vista is like a windows xp with a nicer layout and more idiotproofing. Windows 7 is like a completely new system merely based on vista drivers and feedback. It isn't perfect, but it's probably the most refreshing windows release since we went from 3.11 to 95.
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    ixion , May 12, 2009 10:46 AM
    To me most of the changes between Vista x64 SP1 and Windows 7 RC1 seem pretty minor, there's the new Taskbar and new media streaming, that and the new WMP which plays a lot more out of the box (welcome) but still seems half finished. Nothing else seems earth shattering from an everyday use point of view.
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