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Windows 7 might be released in September

Windows 7 might be released in September

The president of a major Taiwanese PC maker has said that Microsoft may release Windows 7 in September according to current plans.

The president of Compal, a Taipei based manufacturer who makes laptops for HP and Acer, said that Microsoft could have Windows 7 shipping on PCs by September.

"According to current planning, it should be late September or early October," said Compal president Ray Chen during an investors' conference yesterday.

Chen also said that the release of Windows 7 might help to spur sales of PCs, which remained flat last year amid the economic crisis.

When asked for comment, Microsoft was quick to sidestep the release timeframe for Windows 7, saying that it would be released about three years after Windows Vista went on sale - January 2010, in other words.

Despite this though, we're not convinced that Microsoft will wait that long to release the operating system.

When you factor in that the Windows 7 beta was feature-complete, the rumours suggesting that the release candidate will hit in April and leaks detailing the company's upgrade programme plans, the public January 2010 deadline looks to be deliberately conservative.

Moreover, Microsoft's fourth quarter financial performance wasn't brilliant and it was one of the first quarters where the company saw a significant decline in Windows revenue.

The hesitation surrounding Vista and the fact that nearly all netbook manufacturers are opting for Windows XP because it's less of a resource drain on this new class of performance-limited devices has clearly hurt Microsoft's core business. Windows 7 should go some way to fixing that, as it not only improves performance but also the user interface as well - it's designed to run much smoother on Atom-based devices.

Do you think Microsoft's release timeframe is as conservative as it looks? Discuss in the forums.

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amacieli 26th February 2009, 14:49 Quote
I just hope that my beta copy won't expire and become unusable before the retail version is available! Alternatively, there's always TPB...
Omnituens 26th February 2009, 15:43 Quote
If it has fixed the things that make me angry while using vista, yay.

if not... boo.
mrb_no1 26th February 2009, 15:59 Quote
now that i'm properly using windows 7 as creative released drivers for my sound card for w7 its really quite nice to use. its fast and responsive but is using around 1.2 gigs of my ram simply by being on, aside from the start menu looking like poop imo it'll be my upgrade from xp.

peace

fatman
DougEdey 26th February 2009, 16:01 Quote
Please give it to us in Sept and allow us to import settings from the beta (fingers crossed)
perplekks45 26th February 2009, 16:16 Quote
Having it in September would definitely be nice[r than around Christmas].
zimbloggy 26th February 2009, 16:21 Quote
Windows 7 beta is 99% stable, at least for me. This fairly clean install actually is a little quicker and lighter on the ram than my XP installation.

It works better than vista did on my 1GB ram system. I don't see how much more they can fix it.
zimbloggy 26th February 2009, 16:21 Quote
The only thing that I have had problems with is the voice command which has crashed multiple times.
Aterius Gmork 26th February 2009, 16:31 Quote
Yay! Cannot await it more eagerly. Finally 8GB of RAM usable, instead of 3.25GB. :)
wuyanxu 26th February 2009, 16:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Aterius Gmork
Yay! Cannot await it more eagerly. Finally 8GB of RAM usable, instead of 3.25GB. :)
Vista 64bit??

will be doing the same when i switched to Vista: boot it on secondary first, test out all software/driver. and then install Win7 when i have time.
yakyb 26th February 2009, 17:20 Quote
to be honest im going to wait until SP1 still although my msdn account willl allow me to get this on day 1. i have absolutly no reason to move from vista 64 on any machine i own

does anyone have any information on Windows home server 2009?
_DTM2000_ 26th February 2009, 18:08 Quote
If Win7 does go RTM in April like I'm hearing, then I can't see why it would take 5 months before it's available to buy. I think it will be available in the summer providing everything goes to plan. I think MS are trying to dumb down the hype so that when it gets released in a few months everyone is surprised and overjoyed and rush out to buy it.
proxess 26th February 2009, 20:31 Quote
Could someone please PM me the minimum/recommended requirements for Win7?
HourBeforeDawn 26th February 2009, 23:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by amacieli
I just hope that my beta copy won't expire and become unusable before the retail version is available! Alternatively, there's always TPB...

doesnt it end in August of this year anyways? so it would become useless before it ships anyways, whether its Sept or Jan.
Garside 27th February 2009, 09:02 Quote
Buy an Apple - problem solved? :)
HourBeforeDawn 27th February 2009, 09:05 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Garside
Buy an Apple - problem solved? :)

lol and have severe software limitations... no thank you...
B1GBUD 18th March 2009, 16:22 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by HourBeforeDawn
Quote:
Originally Posted by Garside
Buy an Apple - problem solved? :)

lol and have severe software limitations... no thank you...

And over inflated hardware prices such as graphics cards!!
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