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Acer spills Windows 7 release date

Acer spills Windows 7 release date

Acer yesterday spilled the beans on Microsoft's Windows 7 release plans during an event in London.

Acer yesterday spilled the beans on Microsoft's Windows 7 release plans during an event in London.

Although Microsoft has been quick to squash any suggestion that Windows 7 would be released before its own January 2010 deadline, we've been hearing whispers that the upcoming OS release schedule is much further on than that – September or October was the timeframe we've been hearing for quite some time.

"23rd October is the date that Windows 7 will be available," said Bobby Watkins, Managing Director of Acer UK, in an interview with Pocket-lint. "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."

In a separate interview, Massimo D'Angelo, Vice President of Acer Europe, added more fuel to the fire when he responded to a the question of whether the company would ship its upcoming range of All In One PCs with Microsoft's new OS. "No, when it's in store, it won't have Windows 7 pre-loaded. We won't be actually selling it a day before the 23rd October."

Microsoft responded to Acer's statement with a long-winded no comment, which read: "On 30 April we made the Release Candidate (RC) of Windows 7 available for download to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Windows 7 Release Candidate is a major business and engineering milestone, and indicates that the operating system is entering the final phases of development. Windows 7 RC is the result of feedback from millions of customers and partners around the world, and is ready for partners to develop and test applications, device drivers and services. As we have said for some time, we are committed to making Windows 7 available within three years of the General Availability of Windows Vista."

That doesn't look like a denial to us, so mark your calendars – it looks like 23rd October is the day. For those of you still running the beta, it might make sense to upgrade to the release candidate now, as the beta's expiry date is before the new OS looks set to ship.

If you've been testing Windows 7 since the beta came out, how have you found it so far? Tell us in the forums.

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Turbotab 1st May 2009, 16:05 Quote
Hey Tim, would it be possible for BT to benchmark a netbook, running XP vs W7 RC and if possible a Linux Distro?
leexgx 1st May 2009, 16:07 Quote
Vista + netbook norm fails (unless it has alot of ram) windows 7 should work far better due to its smaller mem foot print
Tim S 1st May 2009, 16:15 Quote
I'm installing the RC on my NC10 this weekend all being well. :)
kenco_uk 1st May 2009, 16:18 Quote
I've been running Windows 7 on my laptop, a Dell Vostro 1500 w/ e7250 (2ghz Core2Duo), 4GB ram, 320GB hdd, 8600GT and it works very quickly indeed. It's notably quick to boot up. It gives me about 4 1/2 hours or so of battery (from a 9-cell) when I'm pootling about on the net, i.e. not taxing it much.
BioSniper 1st May 2009, 17:59 Quote
the old Win7 Beta runs very well on my MSI wind. General responsiveness is much much better than XP however due to all the GPU heavy transparencies results in generally higher running temps. Battery life however was no different to XP.
I AM running 2GB ram in there with a 160GB HDD however.

I know its entirely unscientific but none the less I guess its good to let people know.

Gotta try upgrading to the RC though soon.
samkiller42 1st May 2009, 19:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tim S
I'm installing the RC on my NC10 this weekend all being well. :)

That will be interesting, saves me from doing it myself, although, i managed to watch Star Trek Trailer 3 HD in 720p with little stutter, was very impressed with that.

Sam
bogie170 4th May 2009, 16:17 Quote
Don't use Windows 7 if your into gaming as any punkbuster game is not supported. I tried it with COD World at War and kept getting kicked from servers.
pendragon 4th May 2009, 17:56 Quote
i have win7 beta on my laptop (one of them, at least) .. it runs well, minus an issue I had to resolve with Cisco VPN setup ... the problem with upgrading to the RC is you need to do a fresh install .. no in-place upgrade option :-/ .. so I may just wait for the retail version to hit the shelves and run linux in the meantime
[USRF]Obiwan 5th May 2009, 09:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by bogie170
Don't use Windows 7 if your into gaming as any punkbuster game is not supported. I tried it with COD World at War and kept getting kicked from servers.

Well that is a bit harsh. I am into gaming, mostly singe player games. Now I will correct your mistake: "If you play games online with windows 7 at the moment, you can be kicked off the servers"
impar 5th May 2009, 09:54 Quote
Greetings!

Problems with Steam?
<A88> 5th May 2009, 10:16 Quote
Just gone from one of the earlier betas to RC1...looking at these wallpapers I think they need to start taking samples at Microsoft.
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