Microsoft has announced that it will deliver Windows 7 to the market on 22nd October. Previous reports had come pretty close to reality, as they suggested
an October 23rd release.
We’ve known for some time that it would arrive long before Microsoft’s arbitrary 30th January 2010 release timeframe, and was almost definitely on track for general availability before Black Friday in the US.
However, the late October release means Microsoft will miss out on the back-to-school season, although we wouldn’t be surprised if the company offered free upgrades on systems bought during that time of traditionally fruitful sales on new systems – it’s something that has certainly been hinted at, anyway.
Bill Veghte, Senior Vice President in the Windows Product Group, announced the launch by stating, “we feel confident that we will deliver Windows 7 with our partners on October 22nd.
If the company’s presence at Computex this year is anything to go by, Microsoft will be pleased to get Windows 7 out of the door – most of the Microsoft banners around the show give the distinct impression that the company wants to forget about Windows Vista as quickly as possible.
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