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Windows 7 Launching October 23, Says Acer

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • dafin0
    sounds good to me if this date holds
  • Nik_I
    the sooner the better...
  • ispyamoose
    I am slightly tempted to get it..
  • if you have vista ultimate do you get a free upgrade or a substantially cheaper one? (upgrade to w7 ultimate)
  • silversurfernhs
    ive been using the RC and i defenitely find a way of getting a hold of it
  • rambo117
    Nik_Ithe sooner the, more like the later the better. i want this operating system to be cream of the crop and am willing to wait for it :)
  • silversurfernhs
    agreed, its worth the wait so far with my tests and benchmarks
  • mlopinto2k1
    How 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!
  • randomizer
    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:
  • silversurfernhs
    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